I updated Thesis (Word Press Theme) and lost my prior design elements. Bummer. I hope I have the will and the energy to try to recover the status quo ante, but I dunno.

If it works, don’t fix it. But I had to do the upgrade. Hang tite, y’all, I may be offline for a while if it keeps throwing down the ice all night long. Be safe….– Fred

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I don’t know how thesis works, but, after a few weeks of thrahing around under the hood of my sites, I can empathize.

    Stupid question…Did you have a backup?

    The nice thing about the theme I am using is it puts all of the design stuff in the wp-options database. The only thing I have had to remember to do on upgrades is copy over the header images.

  2. It looked so (relatively) simple to upgrade. I feel sure that, after a required duration and intensity of suffering, things will sort themselves out. It’s just a matter of finding someone who actually knows what they’re doing vs yours truly who only pretends and gets in trouble every time. Keeps one humble, more or less.

  3. I upgraded my theme once and I won’t do it again. It took awhile to get everything back to the way I wanted it. But upgrades to WordPress are more necessary, it seems. If you fall too far behind, then new widgets don’t work and all manner of other nasties happen. Sigh. But then, when you upgrade, some of your current widgets don’t work – like my contact form, for instance. Double sigh ….