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Could you help in updating my current Wordpress theme update? My theme screen shows: "Update Available. There is a new version of Church [this is a child theme of Omega; Church theme inherits all Omega parent theme capabilities] available. Update now."If I click on update, I know I will lose all my customization and my website will not look the same as it is now.
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Software technician: George Sibiya, Research and Development replied 5 months ago
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Hi,

Welcome to JustAnswer and thank you for utilising our services.

The safest way would be create a copy/backup of the Church theme, update it, and then if you remember all your customisation put them back.

In future, since Church is already a child theme, you might consider creating a grandchild theme which will have all your customisation which will not be affected by future updates on church theme.

Some ideas on creating a grandchild theme. You might actually consider it before updating the church theme.

Regards,

G

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Should I install "Child Theme Configurator" Wordpress plugin to create a child theme of the Church theme. By the way, even though Church is a child theme of omega, I never created any child theme of the Church theme. In other words, if I click on update of the Church theme, I will lose all my customization (the reason being Church is NOT a child theme).
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
34;You can create any number of child themes from your existing Parent Themes. Child Theme Configurator lets you choose from your installed themes (even existing child themes) and save the results in your Themes directory.When you are ready, just activate the Child Theme and your WordPress site takes on the custom styles automatically."
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I have installed and activated: "Child Theme Configurator version 2.2.4.1"
Software technician: George Sibiya, Research and Development replied 5 months ago

Mhh, thats also a great idea.

Let me quickly try out the configurator

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
62;Let me quickly try out the configurator
I have already installed it. If you connect to my computer using Teamviewer, you can see what it has done. It has created the whole css file.
Software technician: George Sibiya, Research and Development replied 5 months ago

Ok. I have tested it.

I think you can use it to create a child of Church as you have done.

Activate the new Church child theme and Update parent Church theme.

I'd suggest you experiment with this on a copy of your site say on your local machine if possible before doing it on the live site

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
62;I'd suggest you experiment with this on a copy of your site say on your local machine if possible before doing it on the live site
I do not have Wordpress on my local machine for testing.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I now have the pro version of this plugin.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
When I clicked on the Reset selection displayed by the "Child Theme Configurator version 2.2.4.1", it did NOT display 4 columns on the footer portion of my website (instead it displayed everything under 3 columns). In other words, the RESET selection does not work perfectly.
Software technician: George Sibiya, Research and Development replied 5 months ago

Ok I'll give other experts a chance for more opinions

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Software technician: Ricky Kresslein, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago
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Software technician: Ricky Kresslein, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

So it sounds like you created a child theme of Church. Have you updated Church yet?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
62;So it sounds like you created a child theme of Church. Have you updated Church yet?
No, I have not updated Church theme yet. If I do, I will lose all my customization. I have installed (and activated) both regular and pro versions of the "Child Theme Configurator". When I created a child theme of Church, it messed up the footer portion of my website's home page. So I had to use my backup to get back the original state of my website.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
https://qsandbox.com/app/
Sandbox.com enables you to setup a test/sandbox WordPress site in seconds. No technical knowledge required. Why? Because you can test themes and plugins in test environment before you actually put them on your live site.
Software technician: Ricky Kresslein, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

Is there any reason to update the Church theme? Why not just leave it as is if it is already customized?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Why update the Church theme? It is always showing update available. My reason is to speed up the website loading. If a theme is light with less java script, the score is higher. You probably know aboutPingdom Website Speed Test and Google PageSpeed Insights. https://wordpress.org/themes/basic/ is a stripped-down, free theme. Add only necessary features with free plugins. This is the foundation of good speed design. The said theme is fully responsive, clean and minimal WordPress theme.
Software technician: Ricky Kresslein, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

It is highly unlikely that an update will make any noticeable difference in loading times unless it is poorly coded at the moment. However, if you really want to update, you can make a copy of the theme folder using FTP and then update. You can keep the copy as your website while you replace all of the HTML and PHP files that were overwritten in the update. It shouldn't take too long and doesn't require any additional software.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
https://qsandbox.com/app/ can be used to install the said theme and then using copy-paste, transfer everything to it from my current website.
Software technician: Ricky Kresslein, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

Yeah but that requires backing up the database and reimporting everything. If you just use FTP you can do it in just a couple quick steps.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
62; If you just use FTP you can do it in just a couple quick steps.
Can you use my Dreamweaver's built-in FTP to do it?
Software technician: Ricky Kresslein, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

Yes, if you navigate to your Wordpress directory > ​wp-content > themes > Church​. Just duplicate that Church folder and name it Church2 or something and everything will be backed up.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I can do this: Just duplicate that Church folder and name it Church2
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I also have a css code file that extracted all css code from the currently active Church theme. The "Child Theme Configurator".did it!
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
The "Child Theme Configurator". can be used.
Software technician: Ricky Kresslein, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

Okay excellent. So now you can just update the theme then copy your CSS and HTML/PHP files back to the folder and you will have an updated theme.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
62;copy your CSS and HTML/PHP files back to the folder
The above is my problem.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Use the The "Child Theme Configurator". ?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
if you visit nobleworld.org, you will find the "messed up" pages!
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
On the Home page, just the header (banner) is gone!
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Are you online?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
62;So now you can just update the theme then copy your CSS and HTML/PHP files back to the folder
What do you mean by the above?
Software technician: Jins M. N., Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago
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Di you updated the theme? If not I can help you with this. For that I need Wordpress login details and web hosting control panel login details. Those are sensitive info and so do not share it here. This is a public platform and the data you share here can be viewed by every visitors.

So if you want me t update the theme for you, please accept my Wordpress support offer and pay the additional amount for it. Then we can communicate privately and can share the login info privately.

Regards
Jins

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
No additional offfer please.
Software technician: Jins M. N., Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

Okay, then please let me optout. It is a time consuming job and it is almost impossible to give all the instructions.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I can just restore my backup in the worst case.
The previous expert did not say whether I should copy everything (all files and folders) from my wp-content/themes/church folder that I have on my computer as a backup
Software technician: Jins M. N., Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

You should keep every thing in the Wp-content folder as a backup.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I have the full backup.
If you visit nobleworld.org, you will find that all contents are there; only problem is the column alignment.
Software technician: Jins M. N., Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

You updated the theme? If so you need to do the customization again.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I updated the theme.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I only want to know what files I should copy to my host server (I am connected to my host server's c panel file manager)
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
62;If so you need to do the customization again
Could you explain what exactly to be done? I have the css code in my backup.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
34;In creating a child theme, style.css and functions.php files are mandatory while template files, and other files are optional and can be created if required.To activate the child theme, in the dashboard go to Appearance->Themes. Look for the child theme you created and activate it. That’s it. Also, make sure the parent theme is also present in the installed themes for the child theme to work. If you now visit your site, it should look all same just like when the parent theme was activated. However, you may need to reset some of the settings in the Customizer."
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