StudioPress just rolled out new versions of their Lifestyle and Church themes. This is not an update to the current versions, but totally new themes. There is not quick update available, so if you have customized your current theme, you have to do it all over again.
I have some clients who use these themes, and they wanted to new versions installed. Can’t blame them, new themes are SEO optimized by Yoast –what more do you need?
The old theme, had customizations like changes in color scheme, custom category pages and minor tweaks. It had been some time since I did that one, so I had forgot what all I did.
Starting from scratch is painful; eyes are not sharp enough to spot all changes. Brain thinks of an easier way.
See this image, it has a hint, if you get it, you can stop reading this post and continue working. Thanks for dropping in.
Using Inbuilt File Comparator of WordPress
I will use the above problem as an example. The task ahead is to customize an updated version of a file with the changes you had done earlier to an old version of the file.
– Open up the post editor to write a new post. Switch to html view.
– Copy-paste the old file with your customizations to the post editor. Save the draft.
– Overwrite this with the new non-customized file. Save the draft again.
– Scroll down to the end of the post editor where you will see “Post Revisions”. Click any of the revision.
– It will open up showing the revision you clicked on. Scroll to the end to see the revisions. Select the first and the last radio buttons, click “Compare Revisions” to see the magic.
– The files are shown side by side with the changes high-lighted.
Now you know exactly where all the edits are done, so its easier to go back and edit the new file. Problem solved!