Ugrading the SmallBiz Theme to the latest version

 

Create a Backup! Do not skip this step!

 

1) Install the free “BackUpWordPress Plugin (or use any other Backup Plugin or Backup Solution of your choice).

You can install this plugin from within WordPress – Under Plugins search for “BackUpWordPress”.

2) After activating the plugin go to “Tools -> Backup” and create a complete (file and database) backup.

 
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Upgrading from the Original fixed Width SmallBiz Theme to the newer SmallBiz Dynamic Theme

SmallBiz Dynamic will install as a new Theme in WordPress. You will not lose your pages and posts, however you will need to re-enter your Business information and re-populate your Homepage. SmallBiz Dynamic is treated like different Theme by WordPress. Homepage Content will not automatically move over. You can simply copy and paste your content though.

General Upgrade Information

When upgrading to the latest release of either SmallBiz Original or Dynamic, please copy and paste your home page content into a text document. In some instances, the content will not move over after an upgrade. Make sure to also have a complete backup of your entire site – especially if you have custom sidebars, customized the style.css file or other Theme files. All these files need to be re-applied.

Why are upgrades even needed – and why replace all theme files?

Unfortunately (or fortunately) WordPress is “Open Source”; which means any theme publisher has absolute zero control over what the WordPress Core Team and Contributing Community “cuts out” and “adds into” new versions of WordPress. This has been an issue especially since the later versions and is one of the reason why WordPress is loosing a few fans these days.

Doing a complete re-upload of the theme assures that all files from the theme are fresh and up-to-date.

All your data and widgets should transfer, however we cannot comment or vouch for content injected by third party plugins by publishers that are not associated with us. Having a backup should allow you to restore if needed.

 
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Here are the Steps on how to upgrade within the same Theme from one version to the next:

1) Log into WordPress

2) Go to “Appearance” -> “Themes”

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3) Activate one of the WordPress default themes in order to de-activate the SmallBiz Theme

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4) Delete the pre-installed SmallBiz Theme

a) Click on Theme Details

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b) Click on Delete (lower right)

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5) Click the “Install Themes” tab (upper right)

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6) Click the “Upload” link.

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7) “Browse” to your Zip File and Click “Upload”.

PS: If you have not yet downloaded a ZIP file copy of the theme go here.

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8) Click “Activate”.

9) You will be forwarded to the SmallBiz Options Panel.

 

Optional 10) If you added your own css to the “style.css” file you need to apply it again. The code is located in your backup folder. Navigate to: wp-content -> themes -> smallbiz ->style.css

Optional 11 – Upgrading from 3.7.x and older) Re-upload your custom header graphic. The graphics are located in your backup folder downloaded in Step 0. Navigate to: wp-content -> themes -> smallbiz -> images -> banners. If you are using the “Classic” layout you may need to re-upload your homepage image.

12) You may need to reset your browser cache to see the new editor. Tutorial here.

 
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Pro-Tip: “HTML Mode” is now called “Source Code” in the Visual Editor.

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