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  • Hello,

    Recently, I have seen that WordPress recommends that I update to the newest version: 3.3.2. If I copy all the files from my FTP, update WordPress, but see that I have lost a few things, if I place those copied folders back into the FTP, will my WordPress go back to the old version? Or will it still stay at 3.3.2? Also, I am using the TwentyTen theme, but I have almost no idea how to use a child theme (even though I have one). Even though there are multiple tutorials, I do not have the resources or the knowledge to know which codes to copy in order to save them. If I copy my FTP files before the update and then place them back into the FTP after the update, will my changes to my site be saved?
    Thank you for any help!

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    Christine Rondeau


    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    Once you’ve updated WordPress, wordPress will have installed new files in the root, wp-admin and wp-includes. Nothing in the wp-content folder should have been touched, so you only need to backup your wp-content folder. If you re-upload your old wp-admin, wp-includes and root files, then you’ll go back to the old version, so don’t do that.

    If you are using TwentyTen, but don’t have a child theme, and have made changes to TwentyTen, then those changes will be lost if you upgrade the theme. NOT wordPress. The WordPress version upgrade is totally different from the theme update.

    Thank you Christine. So if I update WordPress, my theme will NOT be touched? Ex. backgrounds will not be changed? What will change however?

    Before updating make your current theme (by renaming as TwentyTen Child) a child theme. Then you will not lose the backgrounds, etc.

    Thank you Krishna. I do have a child theme in place. However, do I just need to have one or do I have to place code into it in order for it to save my edits?

    Can you post your site URL here so that I can tell you what exactly you have to do.

    It does not look like a child theme. Do you have this theme named TwentyTen Child in your theme directory?

    It is the one that is activated, but I have not made any changes to my site while the child theme was activated. Someone made the child theme for me, but I have no idea how to use it…

    Is your directory structure like this?

    WordPress directory structure:

    site_root (www)
    themes (directory where all themes are)
    twentyeleven (directory of our example parent theme, Twenty Eleven)
    twentyeleven-child (directory of our child theme; can be named anything)
    style.css (required file in a child theme; must be named style.css)

    You can read it here:

    Yes, it is a child theme. You have it here: ten-child/

    That link doesn’t work for me, and how did you find that out?

    Login at your host, and look at your hosting FTP panel. WP is at the root. Click on wp-content where you will find it.

    How did you figure out that it is a child theme?

    Did you not find it?

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