Downloaded the newest version of Replete from Themeforest. Update the theme folder with the new contents. When previewing, all of the customization (homepage structure, colors, etc.) are gone. How can we seamlessly update Replete without having to build the customization again?
Use the FTP to override the old files. You will not lose the configuration.
I just did exactly what you say to do and I lost all of my customizations, even though my custom.css file is still there. That is frustrating. Not happy.
All of the theme options and settings are saved in the wordpress wp_options table. They are tied to the theme name so as long as the theme name is the same, it will read the same data.
The only thing that should be lost when overwriting a theme folder are your files you have edited within those theme files since they will be completely replaced by the new files.
Well, what I figured out after posting is that not ALL of the settings were lost but a handful – enough to make it look like all of them at first glance. But they were all things from my custom.css. I was eventually able to fix everything through Firebug by copying the *entire* css path instead of things like #top… and that seemed to make things work again. I don’t know why that would all of a sudden be necessary but that solved it. Whew.
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