What's the Best Way to Upgrade to Streamline Pro?

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    Anthony Galli
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    I’m looking to upgrade my website AnthonyGalli.com from Streamline to Streamline Pro so that I can benefit from HTML5. I’m hoping to maintain how my website looks on the switchover.

    What is the best way to do this?

    Any help would be much appreciated!

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    #92014

    nutsandbolts
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    Unfortunately there’s no great way to do this since Streamline Pro is a completely different child theme – you’ll lose your customizations when you activate the Pro version. As an alternative, you might consider converting your existing Streamline theme to HTML5 – there are a number of tutorials out there like this one: http://chriseggleston.com/how-to-convert-genesis-child-theme-to-html5/


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #92034

    Anthony Galli
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    Dang that stinks. I own a domain that I haven’t been using: ChallengeHabit.com. Is there a way where I can import my blog AnthonyGalli.com to ChallengeHabit.com so that I can make the upgrade and edits to streamline pro on there and then import the finished version back to AnthonyGalli.com? That way I don’t annoy my readership during the editing process.

    #92035

    nutsandbolts
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    Yes, you can do that. Or you could set up a subdomain (which is what I normally do) and build there. Basically, here are the steps you’d need to take:

    (1) Copy all your site files into the folder for challengehabit.com or your subdomain.

    (2) Create a new (empty) database and user.

    (3) Export your current database in phpMyAdmin, then import into the empty database you just created.

    (4) In the wp-options table, change the site URL (one of the first few items in the table) to that of the test domain or subdomain. Then go to page 2 of the wp-options table and change the home URL to the same.

    (5) In the new site’s folder, find wp-config.php and edit it to use the new database name, user, and password.

    (6) Now you should have a working copy of your site where you can install Streamline Pro and style it the way you want. Be sure to check the box under Settings > General to discourage search engines from indexing the test site; that way you won’t run into any duplicate content penalties.

    (7) Once you’re finished, use FTP to download the Streamline Pro folder from the test site. Zip it, then you can upload it under Appearance > Themes with all your customizations intact.

    (8) When you activate, you’ll need to adjust widget areas and probably regenerate thumbnails. Other than that you should be good to go! Once that’s done, you can delete the subdomain (or remove all the content from your other domain) and the database.


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #92037

    Anthony Galli
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    Fantastic! Now with that said, which route would you recommend? Should I make AnthonyGalli.com streamline into HTML5 or should I make streamline pro into AnthonyGalli.com? Like I said before I want to keep AnthonyGalli.com exactly as is in terms of looks, but I want it to be up-to-date in the cyber world. By going with the former over the latter is there any disadvantages?

    Thanks so much for your feedback!

    #92038

    nutsandbolts
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    I think it would be easier overall to use Streamline Pro, which also gives you the benefit of some stylistic/layout changes, but either one should work just fine as far as getting your site ready for schema.org markup and HTML5.


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #92040

    Anthony Galli
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    Yea the first option didn’t work for me. Even after I converted the files the website still came out looking dysfunctional. I’ll go with the streamline pro option. How do I copy all the site files into challengehabit.com? What site files? I’m new to this.

    #92041

    nutsandbolts
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    I’m writing a tutorial now that will post to my blog tomorrow morning – it will take awhile to do screenshots, etc. so I thought it would be a good idea to make it widely available to help others. I’ll update here with the link when it goes live. :)


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #92123

    nutsandbolts
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    Post is here: http://www.nutsandboltsmedia.com/how-to-create-a-test-site-for-customizing-your-genesis-child-theme/

    Hope it helps!


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #92383

    Anthony Galli
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    Thank you so much for your awesome blog post!! I was finally able to get it to work (without breaking my site)!!

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