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  • Hi folks,

    I am hoping to help someone fix their WordPress site, and they are using a custom theme that was built for them some time ago. Likely their theme options are no longer working because upgrades have changed the way theme options work!

    The problem:
    – There were a number of theme options created, but I cannot see any fields to edit these options
    – The existing data is no longer correct, but is still being used in the theme header etc.
    – How can I get the custom theme options to once again be visible for editing via the Dashboard?

    I dug into the template files to see how this had been built, and here’s what I found:

    – In theme-options.php the fields are defined. Here’s an example of two fields:

    <div class="postbox">
       <h3><?php _e("Link Settings", 'customthemename'); ?></h3>
       <div class="inside">
         <p><?php _e("Insert the Newsletter page link", 'customthemename'); ?>:<br/><input type="text" name="<?php echo $settings;?>[newsletter_link]" value="<?php echo ot_option('newsletter_link'); ?>" size="30"/></p>
         <p><?php _e("Insert the link for the Donate Now button", 'customthemename'); ?>:<br/><input type="text" name="<?php echo $settings;?>[donate_link]" value="<?php echo ot_option('donate_link'); ?>" size="30"/></p>

    – In template.php, there is this code:

    //  Pull theme options from database
    function ot_option($key) {
    	global $settings;
    	$option = get_option($settings);
    	if(isset($option[$key])) return $option[$key];
    	else return FALSE;
    // include the theme options

    – And, in the header.php, here’s an example of what’s displaying to visitors (note this is displaying the old info just fine):

    <div id="donatenow">
    <a href="<?php echo ot_option('donate_link'); ?>" title="Donate Now"><img src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/images/bt.donate.png" /></a>

    Can anyone help point me in the right direction? I am confused by how different this theme-option file is compared to the examples I have found while searching for an answer. Is there a simple solution?

    Thanks for your time!

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