March 20, 2021 at 10:47 am #503528
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!March 21, 2021 at 6:14 am #503530
The old magazine child them won't work with the latest version of Genesis. Support for non-HTML5 themes was removed when Genesis 3.0 was released. There's no telling what other issues you might encounter with custom work on the old site.
If your WordPress and Genesis are so old, what about PHP version? Make sure you upgrade to a modern PHP version also.
If I were you, I wouldn't even bother with the upgrade path. I would create a new site with modern standards and migrate the content from the old to the new. You may experience fewer headache that way.
March 21, 2021 at 12:12 pm #503532
Thank you for the reply! I'm leaning towards your advice on creating an entirely new site and migrating content. I'm wondering (as one last effort after backing the site up) if I were to upgrade WordPress, Genesis, and then apply a similar child theme to Magazine that is newer and compatible... would this be something you would consider as even possible to work? I know there are many unanswered questions about my setup but I'm hesitant to start migrating 10yrs worth of content over to a new site. Thanks again!March 21, 2021 at 5:58 pm #503541
This is how I would handle that.
* Make sure your website is on PHP 7.4 which is recommended. YOU MUST DO THIS.
* Download Magazine Pro (either version 3.3.0 the Widgetized Home Page Version or the current version which is Block Based Home Page)
* Do not install yet.
* You can put your website in "maintenance mode" so it's closed for public viewing.
* Then drag all of your widgets into the Inactive Widgets area for safe keeping under Appearance > Widgets.
* Go to Appearance > Themes. Switch to one of the default WordPress themes like Twenty Nineteen.
* Update WordPress
* Go to Appearance > Themes - ACTIVATE Genesis.
* Perform the Genesis update
* Then install the new Magazine Pro
----If you opted for version 3.3.0 (widget version), drag your widgets back into place.
----If you opted for the current version - you can run the auto installer and your content should populate into the home page blocks.
**Always make a backup before you proceed with something like this.
***New note: The auto installer may import demo content that you can remove later.
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