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GoDaddy WP 4.7.3 Upgrade Gotcha

It’s been a fun time trying to get everything updated and to where I want it to be on my website.  Just recently I did a post about some housekeeping I’ve been doing on my website along with outstanding items.  One of the things that has come up was updating to the latest version of WP (4.7.3) as I was currently on 4.7.2.  I tried to do it as soon as it was available within WordPress itself, but this kept failing and so I awaited until it was available through the dashboard on my GoDaddy Windows (Plesk) hosting.

I thought fantastic, I’ll click the button and wala!  But no, for another domain it did work right off the hop, but for dwcryan.com no such luck.  I was getting the following error:

Error: Update failed: Non-zero exit status returned by script. Output stream: ‘ (Error code 1)’. Error stream: ‘ (Error code 1)’.

So the Googling started and I came across a Plesk support article on the error I was experiencing.  The advice was to either comment out the error_log line or to set it equal to syslog.  In my hosting I do not have access to the PHP.ini file which meant I could not do this; however, for each domain in my hosting there is a .user.ini file within the corresponding directory root.  By placing the following line at the bottom of that file (on a new line) I was able to successfully update my WordPress installation through the Plesk 12.0 Applications Dashboard:

error_log = syslog

Theme Customization

Original Look

Ever since I decided to start up my own website (again) with the intent of having it for a long time I knew there were two key things I needed to do, besides the content itself. The first was to come up with my domain name and the second was to find a WordPress theme that I liked. I wanted the theme to contain some key features I was looking for as well to have a style that I liked. I spent time over the past month or so looking at themes and testing some I thought I might like before finally settling on Revera as a solid start to what I was looking for.

Revera is a free premium WordPress theme that contains many features that I was looking for. This includes being a responsive WordPress theme utilizing the Bootstrap 3 framework, custom menu, portfolio page template, and blog (which might not be so much a feature as ‘just is’). One feature it has that I am still uncertain as to how much I am going to like is featured images for your posts. I do like how they display prominently on the homepage to advertise new blog posts and display for portfolio elements; however, since I am not using it for photography there may be cases when an image in my post does not make sense, or that it should not be featured. I intend to utilize the portfolio section to showcase applications once a stable release is completed.

Since I discovered a theme that had a solid foundation for me to build off I progressed into performing some customizations to brand the theme for me and gain some additional functionality.

The first customization I performed was to ‘mini-brand’ my site by changing the colors to what I wanted, which was a darker shade of green as it is my favorite color. In order to do this I modified theme.css by changing the appropriate hex codes to the appropriate hex code for the shade of green I required.  Below the left hand side represents the hex code for the default color and the right hand side represents my color choice.  I also modified the color for the arrows on the homepage to match by modifying bg_direction_nav.png using MS Paint.

ed564b -> 339614
f96b61 -> 5eb42d
f4473a -> 308715
-> ff0000 (inColor)

Above, inColor, is a special addition I made as I wanted to use links on the homepage feature section which has a background color the same as the default link color.  In order to obtain this I added a child class for links called inColor:

a.inColor {
	color: #ff0000;
a.inColor:visited {
	color: #ff0000;
a.inColor:active {
	text-decoration: none;

I am not sure if I am going to stick with the red link color or not as  I plan to get some opinions on the look of red on green.  I at least have the CSS styles in place for if I want to change that color or have a different color for visited links.

Lastly I needed to add templates for full width pages, one with and one without a comment section.  In both cases I also did not want the page title to duplicate. I accomplished this by modifying the page template, page.php, and creating two new template files full-page-no-comments.php and full-page-with-comments.php.  The key here was stripping out the sections I did not need and in order to remove the title I had to modify the get_template_part function call to point to my new content template, which I called content-pageNoTitle.php.  The naming is important as you can see the parallel between the parameters passed and the file name (left and right side of the hyphen).  The function call becomes:

<?php get_template_part( 'content', 'pageNoTitle' ); ?>

You also need to add comments within php tags at the top in order for the file to be recognized as a template file when you upload it to the appropriate theme directory as follows:

Template Name: Full Page No Comments

Lastly I modified the contents of content-page.php by stripping out the header section and saving as content-pageNoTitle.php, accessed by the aforementioned function call, so it becomes:

 * The template used for displaying page content in page.php with no title.
 * @package web2feel
<article id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>
	<div class="entry-content">
		<?php the_content(); ?>
			wp_link_pages( array(
				'before' => '<div class="page-links">' . __( 'Pages:', 'web2feel' ),
				'after'  => '</div>',
			) );
	</div><!-- .entry-content -->
	<?php edit_post_link( __( 'Edit', 'web2feel' ), '<footer class="entry-meta"><span class="edit-link">', '</span></footer>' ); ?>
</article><!-- #post-## -->

That’s it! Besides some basic text changes for various displays (i.e. blog section) that is all the code modifications and additions I made, to date, in order to get the theme to what I have envisioned for my virtual home.