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Will a WordPress version update ever "break" a theme? (5 posts)

  1. xiabolai
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Let's say I install a theme today and launch a site using the current WordPress 3.2. Can I use that theme indefinitely? In other words, when WordPress goes to version 3.3, or version 4, or version 10...will the theme always work? Will WordPress ever change core functionality so much so that a 1 or 2 or 3 or 7 year-old theme won't work?

    I am considering switching a successful site from joomla to wp, and want to make sure that years down the road I won't update the version of WP and the whole site breaks.

    Thanks for any info.

  2. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, it is possible that a future update of WordPress core will cause a conflict with a current Theme.

    That said: WordPress takes API changes very seriously, and provides (IMHO, overly long) deprecation periods for deprecated functions.

    I wouldn't use a Theme that isn't continuously maintained and kept current with the WordPress core codebase, anyway.

  3. xiabolai
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for the info. A little troubling considering there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of people who launch sites with "free" themes that may or may not be continuously updated.

    For an individual w/out an IT dept or programming background, it definitely makes switching a site to WP a risky proposition if in a year or two ones theme could break after a routine WP update.

  4. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yeah, that's pretty much FUD.

    The only other option is to go with a platform that doesn't change or improve - in other words: to go with a dead platform.

    If what you're doing is that mission-critical, then either go with a commercial Theme with rock-solid support, or invest the time and effort into learning how to develop (or to maintain) your own Theme.

  5. xiabolai
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Points well taken. Ok, thanks again the the advice.

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