I was using Thesis 1.5.1 and I didn’t bother to upgrade it until today – as it was running smoothly before this with no hiccups. Why should I rock the boat?
But somehow, for some reason, I think it is now time for me to use Thesis 1.7 before I am being left out in the dust
Before I talk about the upgrade, let me share with you some new features found in Thesis 1.7 first. Features that I like are:
- You can do SEO optimization for every page and post individually – using the meta tag.
- The new Home Page controls.
- Cleaner and faster code.
Now back to upgrade. I did a Google search and found one nicely done article on upgrading Thesis 1.6 to Thesis 1.7, as well as from Thesis 1.5.x to Thesis 1.7. The latter was what I was looking for.
I just followed the instructions mentioned in the article:
- Repeating above information as a first and crucial step: Backup your site’s database and its web files, using whatever tools are provided by your web host, before the upgrade. It is not possible to just ‘click back’ to an earlier version of Thesis after the upgrade to 1.7 without the possibility of losing certain settings. This is why backups are vital. It’s your responsibility as a site owner to know how to create them, and how to restore them.
- Using your DIY Themes login info, access the Thesis Theme Download Area page. Click the link that says ‘Download Thesis 1.7 now.’
- The file
thesis_17.zipshould be on your local computer in the area where downloads normally go. Move
thesis_17.zipto your desktop (unless it’s there already).
- Unzip the
thesis_17.zipfile to produce a folder named
- Open the
thesis_17folder that is on your local computer’s desktop to find inside the folder named
custom-sample. Now delete the folder named
- Start your FTP client and access your web installation. Navigate through your web installation’s file structure until you can see the
thesis_16folder (which is located inside
wp-content/themes). Open the
thesis_16folder to find the
- Download that online
customfolder (from your 1.6 installation) to your local computer, and place it into the
thesis_1.7folder (replacing the
custom-samplefolder that you deleted earlier).
- Use your FTP client to upload your
wp-content/themeson your server. (You will put the folder alongside your existing
defaulttheme folder, and the
- Follow the by-now familiar steps of opening the
thesis_1.7folder and then the
customfolder, setting permissions for
layout.css(to 666) and the
cachefolder (to 775). Log into WordPress and go to Appearances > Themes, then activate Thesis 1.7. (If you click ‘Preview’ first, you may see a Thesis site with no content. This is normal for Thesis in preview mode; pay it no mind and proceed to activate.)
As for upgrading from 1.5.x to 1.7:
So far as upgrading is concerned, the difference between 1.5.x and later editions of Thesis is that the later editions have
rotatorfolder inside the
customfolder. That’s it.
What this means for the upgrade process detailed above is that in Step 6, when you place your 1.5.x
customfolder into the
thesis_17folder on your local computer, you must make sure to put your
rotatorfolder inside of that
customfolder. Apart from that extra half-a-step (call it Step 6.5, if you like), the upgrade process for 1.5.x –> 1.7 is the same as for 1.6 –> 1.7.
When I did a preview of 1.7 in WordPress Dashboard, I noticed the design was not as exactly as the old design. But I activated 1.7 anyway. When I checked out the live site (with 1.7 as the theme), it looked just fine. Phew!
The whole upgrade process was done in less than 20 minutes (including copying and checking).