Upgrading clients to Genesis 2.0

Genesis 2.0 was just released and I’m upgrading all of our client sites using the framework. Of course the first site I upgraded was ours, just to test it,  and the home page slider formatting broke.  After a few minutes to confirm this was happening across the board, I fixed it.

However, to make sure there is a restore point for the other ~40 sites, I’m updating the development sites first. Then, when all tests out, I’ll upgrade the live site.

In case you’re interested here are the steps:

  1. Live server
    1. Backup db
    2. Backup genesis 
    3. Backup child theme
    4. Backup uploads to last backup
  2. Dev server
    1. Upload genesis
    2. Upload child theme
    3. Upload image files
    4. Upload db
    5. Upgrade to Genesis 2.0
    6. Test site
  3. Live server
    1. upgrade Genesis 2
    2. Test site
    3. Fix anything that breaks

Photo credit: Markus

Image galleries

I’ve decided to use native WordPress tools whenever possible for this site. So when I needed a gallery plugin for my photography I turned to Jetpack and the gallery functionality it adds to WP.

Next I’ll need to figure out how to either break the page into section/categories and/or how to add posts of a certain category to the page. This can be accomplished very easily with a theme like Genesis, but since I want to use Twenty Thirteen, it’s not as evident yet.

Image credit: Simple & Obvious