The theme update could have gone better, and is not done. On the “glass is half-full” side, it could have gone much worse.
To avoid such unpleasantness when the theme is updated in the future, I’m setting up a child theme, to which I can make most of my tweaks and then not have them undone when a new update overwrites all the theme files.
The main problem is that the child theme is only taking some of the main/parent theme’s settings, and so we get green color scheme and fonts (even though the setting says blue, black text, etc.) and we get weird footer and sidebar functions. I have a support request in and am awaiting help; I suspect that like I often do, I’ve found a bug and so they will need to fix it and release a new theme version. This is why it was green for a few hours yesterday as I hoped the support person would log in and see the issue and help fix it. Instead, he sent me a link to instructions that weren’t helpful – it’s their function(s) that is not working correctly. It will likely “go green” again today for a while.
Many changes are thus awaiting their help as I am stuck using the Parent theme until this gets resolved. I am making some changes to it, but if I have to load a new theme update to fix this partial-settings issue, then I will need to re-do that work. So I am trying to get things done while not investing too much time on things that will get overwritten in the new theme update.
Ads, site/page title, and the meta text below a post title are done. Many font, styling, etc. issues should also be resolved. I also figured out how to get the title thing going without having to use Yoast SEO plugin (the theme developer’s suggestion), so there should be a huge drop-off in comments being flagged for moderation. That alone should make everyone much happier, especially those who post lots of posts with links in them.
Next up is fixing the text below the post, right above the comments, and then I’ll add in comment number. Hopefully by then, I will have gotten support on the child/parent issue!
But first, I have some important errands/appointment to do, so I am posting this in hope that it explains enough that I can go, do my stuff, get back, have some food, and then get back to work without too much grumbling.
Thank you for your patience, I’ll check this post’s comments first when I return.