Upgrading to Version 1.1.3 of the UUA WordPress Theme for Congregations
Upgrading to the Latest Version of the UUA WordPress Theme
Communication, Websites

Here’s what you need to do to upgrade your congregation’s website from a previous version to latest version.

1. Make a backup

Create a backup of the entire site, in case things go wrong and you need to return the site to the state it’s in before you started the upgrade.

If you haven’t already done so, consider installing a backup plugin, such as BackWPUp. Here is an article that reviews a number of widely-used WordPress plugins that make it easy to create regular backups of your site. If you’re on a better host (like WP Engine or Flywheel) there will likely be an option to create a site snapshot.

2. Update to version 1.3.0

Look for a message in the Dashboard (Appearance > Themes) about the update being available. Click Update to update to the new version. WordPress will download the new version and install it. If you are not sure which version you are using, hover over the theme picture on the Appearance > Themes page and click “Theme Details”.

If your site is not set up to do updates through the Dashboard, you can download the theme files and use SFTP to manually upload it to the wp-content/themes directory, replacing the one that’s there.

3. Consider switching from the CPT Bootstrap Carousel plugin to the MetaSlider plugin.

The CPT Bootstrap Carousel plugin wasn't updated for several years until a recent update in April 2019. We are concerned that it's not well supported. You can continue to use it as long as it continues to work. If and when it stops working, or before then, we recommend that you switch to the widely-used MetaSlider plugin.

To update the carousel on the homepage, you create a MetaSlider slideshow and then configure the homepage to show it. Here are instructions.

4. Consider switching from WooThemes Testimonials to Jetpack Testimonials

The WooThemes Testimonials plugin used to display stories or testimonials on your site, hasn't been tested with the last few versions of WordPress. We recommended it when the UUA Theme was new, but they don't appear to be maintaining it. It still works last we checked, though. 

Starting with version 1.3.0, the UUA Theme supports the Testimonials feature of Jetpack, a plugin from WordPress.com. You probably already have Jetpack installed and enabled, because it includes a number of useful tools for improving site security and performance. Here's a tutorial for configuring and creating Jetpack testimonials and here are instructions for switching from WooThemes to Jetpack testimonials.

5. Test out the site

Click around the site to check that everything looks right.

If not, you have the option of restoring your backup from step 1.

For more information contact outreach@uua.org.

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