March 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm #203168
We are planning to upgrade our website from WordPress 4.0.16 to one of the newer 4.7.x versions (4.7.1, 4.7.2 or 4.7.3). Obviously, 4.0.16 is old and should be upgraded.
We are currently running StudioPress Genesis Framework v2.1.2 with the StudioPress Magazine Pro Theme v3.1 theme with about 20 plugins, and StudioPress Simple Hooks others?). Looking around I saw that the newest version of Magazine Pro works on WP 3.6+ and requires Genesis 2.0+, however I also saw a forum post that was more specific and said that for WP 4.6 that Genesis 2.4 was required.
I can't afford any more down-time than is absolutely necessary. We have about 80 pages and 730 posts on a website that's been live and serving our community for several years now using the Genesis Framework. So I wanted to ask the community for advice:
1. just doing the upgrade from 4.0.16 to a newer version
2. the best way to make the custom headers (top-left & top-right), sidebars and footers work in different "sections". For us a section is a collection of 1 or more Pages, 1 or more Posts, or a combination of both.
– George (MediaServices)March 16, 2017 at 4:52 am #203185Victor FontModerator
Why wouldn't you clone the site to a development or staging instance first, perform the upgrade there to determine any issues, then migrate back to production when all is well? Performing upgrades of that magnitude in a production environment is risky at best.
The version of Genesis you are using won't work on the latest versions of WordPress. Since your version of WordPress, a lot has changed structurally. There are new infrastructures for taxonomies, CPTs, and plugins. Genesis has kept up with the changes. In fact, the recommendation is to upgrade Genesis first otherwise the site might not look right. See this post: https://www.studiopress.community/topic/wordpress-4-7-and-sidebar-issues-please-upgrade-genesis/
March 16, 2017 at 9:35 am #203193
Victor, thanks for the info and your time. You are right I should be using a dev or staging site - great reminder.
EDIT: I just noticed in shortening my original question to make my question shorter I left out that I've figured we should upgrade to Genesis 2.4.2 and Magazine Pro 2.3.2, as well as Genesis Simple Hooks 2.20 (Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins-wp/genesis-simple-hooks/). I think that's all of the StudioPress software I need, and I'm fairly sure these versions would allow me to upgrade t WP 4.7.x.
– George (MediaServices)March 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm #203201Andrea RennickMember
Do not upgrade the child theme, you will wipe out your customizations. There is no code in the child themes you need to be compatible with newer versions of WordPress - it's all in Genesis.
If you need technical support for your theme please file a ticket.
The forums are community based. Staff only monitors the forum for issues relating to the forum itself and to redirect users to where they need to go.March 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm #203210
Thanks, Andrea. Another great reminder.
– George (MediaServices)March 17, 2017 at 12:06 pm #203253
Thanks so much for the help.
Hey guys so what are your thoughts on this?
the best way to make the custom headers (top-left & top-right), sidebars and footers work in different "sections". For us a section is a collection of 1 or more Pages, 1 or more Posts, or a combination of both.
We've got special sections like our Golden Spoon Awards section (http://mountpleasantmagazine.com/golden-spoon-awards/) which has its own header (upper-left logo & link, upper-right logo & link) and some will also have their own sidebars and footers also. These sections can a collection of 1 or more Pages, 1 or more Posts, or a combination of both. It would also be nice -but optional- for each section to be able to have its own menus, or at least secondary menu.
At this point I create a page template (WordPress PHP file) which can be selected in the Page Edit window's Page Attributes metabox. Any custom sidebar or footer would be selected using Custom Sidebars plugin by WPMU DEV in the Page Edit window's Sidebar metabox. This does not allow us to add custom menus, and at this point I cannot use this for a Category of posts.
So considering I should be upgraded to the latest version of Genesis, the Magazine Pro theme, the Simple Hooks plugin and WordPress 4.7.1 - 4.7.3 what are the best practices for creating sections in StudioPress/Wordpress?
– George (MediaServices)March 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm #203905
I just re-read your reply, Andrea, as I was about to set up my Child Theme. Its Magazine Pro v3.1 and the latest is v3.2.3 and I thought I had to download v3.2.3 and set up a separate Child Theme for it. Glad to know I don't need to do that.
Its been so long since we originally did the setup I'd completely forgotten that all themes besides Genesis are child themes. Thanks, you just saved me a bunch of work!
– George (MediaServices)
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