Upgrading to the Latest Version of the UUA WordPress Theme for Congregations
The version 1.2.0 and 1.2.1 updates were released in December 2018. Version 1.2.2 was released on February 20, 2019.
Here’s what you need to do to upgrade your congregation’s website from a previous version to version 1.2.2.
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 WPengine or Flywheel) there will likely be an option to create a site snapshot.
2. Update PHP to 7.2
PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 hit EOL (End of Life) and lost support completely in December 2018. The new UUA Theme and UUA Services plugin require at least PHP 7.0 to run properly; otherwise it may cause a fatal error.
3. Update to Version 1.2.2 of the UUA Theme
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 file and use FTP to upload it to the wp-content/themes directory, overwriting the one that’s there.
4. Update the Services Plugin to Version 1.1
Go to Appearance > Install Plugins to update the UUA Services Plugin. It may also show up in the Plugins menu to be updated as well.
5. Install the Classic Editor plugin
The UUA Services plugin isn't compatible with the new Gutenberg editor, so at least for now we need to use the Classic Editor. On the Plugins page, click "Add New", search for "Classic Editor", choose it, install it, and activate it.
6. Set the default date and time format
From the Dashboard, choose Settings > General. Scroll down to the Date Format and Time Format sections and choose your preferred formats. The theme will use these formats when displaying dates and times.
7. Test out the site
Click around the site to check that everything looks right.
If not, you have the option of restoring your backup.