[theme-reviewers] Best way of warning people before upgradeing

Sayontan Sinha sayontan at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 04:51:44 UTC 2011

Here is an approach I use to accommodate version-specific changes:

   1. I post an article on my site whenever there is a new version of the
   theme, complete with the change log, potential impacts etc.
   2. I have a "Version checker" function built in the theme. There are
   multiple ways to do this:
      1. You can use the native calls that WP uses on its theme
      administration pages. There is a function called theme_update_available,
      which uses a call to get_site_transient('update_themes') and
then determines
      if there is an update. You can use the same call (without the printf
      statements in that function) to check if there is a new version.
      2. Alternatively you can directly query your site's feed for a post
      tagged with the new version (or with the new version number
included in the
      title). This you can do either by hardcoding the link to your
feed (it is in
      the admin panel and not a public-facing link, so that is allowed), or use
      the much smarter approach suggested by Justin
      3. You can hook the version checker to the admin pages and don't make
   it display anything if no new version is found. That way if a particular
   version has no specific release notes then it will not display a link.
   4. When your version checker determines that a new version is available,
   it automatically displays the link by saying, "There is a new version
   available. Please see the <link>release notes</link>"

In your post with the release notes you can include any special warnings
such as putting changes in child themes, or making changes to certain
options or files etc.

Till such a time as a "Readme" parser is implemented this approach will work
to direct users to your change log.


On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 9:14 PM, Emil Uzelac <emil at themeid.com> wrote:

> Child Themes should be the answer to all this and if I were you I would
> make that your number one priority and letting know your users that in the
> order to keep their "edits" Child Themes are the only way to preserve that.
> Take a look at http://chrishajer.com/wordpress/upgrade-plugin.png and see
> what they have done with this, maybe you can do something similar.
> Cheers,
> Emil
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> On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 10:44 PM, Daniel Fenn <danielx386 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I just submitted an update for my theme for approval and I'm worried about
>> people upgrading and losing any file edits that they may have made.
>> Is there a way to warn people in the wordpress dashboard that they should
>> make a note of any changes that they made and that they will need to put the
>> changes back in after the upgrade?
>> I've made a post on my blog and forum about it, but not everyone go over
>> there.
>> Regards,
>> Daniel Fenn
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