I really do love this old Premium Tapestry theme and DO NOT want to change it, but I have been advised to after a WordPress Com update screwed up my sidebar (now fixed).
A retired theme is a theme which has been removed from the WordPress Com theme list and may one day become totally unfixable.
How do you know if your theme has been retired ? Click on the three dots (…) in the “Customize/Edit/Stats” pop-up at the bottom of your screen. If you see no theme name it has been retired.
This blog has a theme name, so is on the theme list.
I found the best way is to wander around other blogs. Here’s a couple I’d like to try ….. THEMES !
I spent a while in the WordPress Forum Premium Theme Support checking for any problems which arose with the themes I fancied. I found the theme threads I wanted on the Premium Theme Support sidebar.
(This is the link to the Free Themes Support . It’s not so easy, so use the “Search” box.)
So I spent an hour or so preparing for the worst.
I opened a new file in my laptop and copied pretty much everything from my Dashboard into Notepads.
I spent a lot of time in “Widgets” copying the Media Library image links, plus the code in Text (especially Flag Counter). I did this because I’m worried that the Tapestry theme has two widget areas, Header Right & Primary Sidebar and any new theme might have something unexpected which might cause me problems.
I have hundreds of items in my Media Library and it would take forever to scroll down to find just one widget image. Text code would be impossible to replicate. So the copying could come in handy.
Time to visit and try out a new Premium theme, Phoebe & Samantha‘s NATURAL.
(The following process should be the same for all active premium & free themes).
In their blog, click on the three dots (…) in the “Follow” pop-up at the bottom of your screen. Click on “Get Theme”.
Click on “OPEN LIVE DEMO”
Click on ” Try & Customize”
For me a problem. A single blue fish image (the Tapestry Header Right widget) in the right sidebar. The rest of the widgets have disappeared, not in the footers, nowhere ! A complete widget/sidebar rebuild needed.
Okay. I’ll try Wendy‘s BASKERVILLE 2 Premium theme.
Same as before, three dots, get theme.
Damn ! Single blue fish in the sidebar …….. BUT !
Yay ! All the other widgets are in the footer (below the comments)
Before I “Customize and Save & Activate” a new theme, do I >>>
1. Stay with my old TAPESTRY theme until a future WordPress Com update turns it into a train wreck where it will sag into a soggy mess, dribbling out of the screen, ruining my laptop keyboard ?
2. Go with Phoebe & Samantha‘s NATURAL theme which needs a total widget/sidebar rebuild ?
or 3. Wendy‘s BASKERVILLE 2 theme ? All the widgets are there. I just need to be able to access the theme’s Dashboard and hope that I can drag and drop the widgets from the footer to the sidebar.
I will need to meditate after writing this post. This song should help. Ommmm !
Pure Imagination – Jackie Evancho
Ommmm ! Oh my god !
Ommmm ! ‘flippin’ WordPress !
That’s better ! Meditation works ! *ommmm, mutter, mutter*
Ralph xox ❤
This post is as is, just to give you an idea of what to do and what problems you might encounter. You may have NO problems at all with a free single sidebar theme.
Please reblog or share this as you probably have a blogging aunt, who nobody talks about, locked in your attic and she needs to know ! Oh, you ARE that aunt ! Ooops !
I was fooling around yesterday evening. I was trying out NATURAL theme, customising, got tired and thought I was saving what I had done. OMG !
I PRESSED “SAVE & ACTIVATE” !
Heck, what a mess ! I was up ALL NIGHT getting my blog straight.
Well ? What do you think ?
Category: Blog, Blogging, cats, Helping othersTags: china cat, dashboard, footer, Notepad, Phoebe & Samantha, samantha, sidebar, sonic, three dots, update, Wendy, Widgets, WordPress Com active theme, WordPress Com Baskerville 2 theme, WordPress Com Natural theme, WordPress Com retired theme, WordPress Com Tapestry theme
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