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Upgrade debacle: 3.7.12 > 3.7.24
By , for WP 4.2.2

I have used atahualpa for many years for several blogs, and I've customized it a lot. Wordfence screeched that I was out of date, so I upgraded from *12 to *24. Here is what happened:
-The entire header/menubars gone on home page, category list, blog posts
-header area but not logo showed on archive and tag pages
-Tag page warning: "array_rand() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /home/rollyson/public_html/wp-content/themes/atahualpa/functions/bfa_header_config.php on line 276" . I found this but couldn't figure out how to address it.
-all widgets gone, but I found them in the appearance/widget pages under inactive; all my sidebars were empty, so I dragged a couple into the sidebars, but these didn't display consistently

In short, my website was "headless" for over a day and only a domain backup saved me; the back end wasn't affected.

Related, I have tried many times to export settings under atahualpa export, but it never works; it returns a blank screen, so I guess I need to figure out how to use Cpanel or ftp to back up settings before upgrading.

Does anyone know what file(s) the settings file is supposed to export?

Nice theme, Nice customization, Atrocious Support
By , for WP 4.1

I like Atahualpa and the ease with which I can customize it -- using their system, I am not skilled enough to make hard code changes, so it's perfect for me -- and I have been happy enough with the updates in the years I've used the theme. Unfortunately, with the most recent update, the developers have completely broken RSS feeds and have not yet issued an update thought it's been more than a week and you can only get the patch to fix it if you've donated $20 to them.

I understand the labor that goes into building and updating a theme and have no qualms with their asking for donations or even pay, but to break something so severely with your update and then refuse to fix it without cash? That's really, genuinely low.

For that reason, I cannot recommend the theme. I'll be spending the next few days hoping to find an adequate theme and escaping these people. Don't make my mistake.

Not for the beginner and non programmer
By ,

Hi have tried to change things like the menu and widgets but nothing happens. Seems like you either have to pay or be a programmer to get anything done.

Not recommended

My worst experience!
By ,

Atahualpa has become my "to avoid" theme. And my spending of $100 for ThemeFrame was my worst spending ever!

Difficult to make changes to
By , for WP 3.5

Even though this theme has more options than any other theme, when it comes to making even the smallest changes to its code, the theme is extremely inflexible. It's coded in a way that it's difficult even for experienced users to figure out how to implement modifications that one can find for free on wordpress.org.
Besides, its newest version doesn't allow php inserts any more from the options panel. Why it's important? Because in the last 3 years a lot of solutions regarding theme modification and tweaking that one can find in the theme's forums has been done using those php inserts. However, they are now useless as php inserts are no longer available. Now if you need to know how to make exact same change without the php inserts, the volunteers at the 'free" forum won't tell you because this requires digging into the templates' codes and they feel that you should pay them for their time.
It's very frustrating because there are very usable solutions that one can find at the forums on wordpress.org and Atahaulpa's own forum, but you can't try them yourself because Atahualpa is coded in a very different way than the default theme, and most people would be at a loss as to how to do it on their own. And, Atahualpa's support is less than friendly. I give it 1 star rating specifically because of that and the attitude!

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