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I have a site that is running WordPress 4.1.32 and Genesis 1.9.1 with the Magazine child theme v2.0.1. I'd like to update everything to the recent versions but am concerned about breaking the site. I anticipate there being adjustments needed to the site after such a big leap but want to be prepared. Can anybody please let me know if the update to the latest versions will even be possible? I've read about changes from xhtml to html5 and other potential issues. Also, the order of the updates would also be appreciated. My plan is to update WordPress first, then Genesis, and then (if needed) the Magazine child them although I don't know if the child theme needs to be updated if there aren't any issues after the WordPress and Genesis updates. Any insight and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Since your site is as old as it is, I suggest you look at the PHP version you're running on the server. WordPress.org states, "Recommend PHP 7.4 or greater and MySQL 5.7 or MariaDB version 10.3 or greater."
Upgrade your server first to make sure you have a platform that can actually run the latest technologies.
Then also you need to upgrade to a HTML5 theme. XHTML themes like Magazine, won't work with the latest versions of Genesis. Support for XHTML themes has been deprecated.
The order: Upgrade WordPress, you may have to change to a WordPress default theme first. Then update Genesis and install and configure the HTML5 child theme of your choice.
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