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How to Update the Music Maker Theme

Here are tutorials on how to update to the latest version of the Music Maker theme.

If you are updating to 3.0, read the troubleshooting below after updating.

Select the tutorial below based on what version you are using:

Related: How to Get the Latest Theme Files

Version 2.20 & Above

If you have activated your license key:

  1. Click Themes under appearance on the sidebar. A alert should appear.
  2. Click the “Click here to update” link and clear your browser cache. Done!


If you have NOT activated your license key:

The name of the file you will be uploading is MusicMaker.zip, which will be in the email you received.

Instructions

  1. Click Add New under Plugins on the sidebar.
  2. Search for Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades, click enter on your keyboard to search.
  3. Click Install Now, and then Activate.
  4. Under Appearance on the sidebar click Themes.
  5. Click Add New at the top of the page.
  6. On the Install Themes page click the Upload Theme link.
  7. Click the Browse button and search for the MusicMaker.zip file on your computer. Now click the Install Now button.
    Do not try to upload any other file that is not named MusicMaker.zip.

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Common Issues

  • Missing Style.css Error
    If you get this message it is because you are uploading the wrong zip file. You need to upload the MusicMaker.zip file.
    If you do not see the MusicMaker.zip file, unzip the initial zip file you downloaded and look for the correct zip file.
  • Location Already Exist Error
    There are 3 possible causes for this issue.
    1. Missing the Update Plugin – You will get this issue if you did not install the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin. Please follow the steps above and install the plugin.
    2. Older Version of WordPress – If you did install the plugin, old versions of WordPress below 4.6 will require you to select a box on the upload page. Select Yes next to Upgrading existing theme.
    3. Server Permission Issues – If you did select yes and continue to have a issue, you may be having server permission issues.  You will need to go to the themes page in WordPress, activate another WordPress theme, and delete the Music Maker theme. Then install the Music Maker theme again.

8. Next click the Activate link to make the updated theme live.
9. Update your WordPress permalinks.

  • Under Settings on the sidebar click Permalinks.
  • On the Permalinks Settings page click the Save Changes button

permalinks

That’s it!

How to Activate Your License Key

Version 2.18 or 2.19

Below Beat Store Option Removed

In version 2.20 the Below Beat Store text area in the Theme Options has been removed. Follow the special tutorial below to back up the below beat store information to it’s new section.

The name of the file you will be uploading is MusicMaker.zip

How to Activate Your License Key

Version 2.17 & Below

Theme Options Panel Replaced

In version 2.18 the Theme Options panel has been replaced with the WordPress Customizer.  was replaced. Please read the 2.18 release notes.

Then follow the tutorial below.

If you are using version 2.17 or below, follow this tutorial to update to 2.21.

The Updating Process:

  1. Put Site Under Construction49 Seconds
  2. Back Up Info 71 Seconds
  3. Update Theme62 Seconds
  4. Update Templates48 Seconds
  5. Update Thumbnails38 Seconds
  6. Add Settings to WordPress Customizer9 Minutes
  7. Add Content Below Your Beat Store1 Minute

This process should take around 15 minutes.

Let’s Get Started!


1. Under Construction ( 49 Seconds )

We will be putting your website under construction so you can hide changes while you work on it.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. In WordPress click Add New under Plugins on the sidebar.
  2. In the input on the top right search for Under Construction and click enter on your keyboard.
  3. Click the Install Button, then Activate button.
  4. A popup should appear, click the Settings – UnderConstruction link. If the popup does not appear click the Settings link Under Construction.
  5. On the UnderConstructionPage turn the Status to On.
  6. Click the Save Changes button.

This is what visitors will see.


2. Back Up Theme Options ( 71 Seconds )

We will be backing up the Theme Options Panel info for reference with the new WordPress Customizer.

Click to Download This Plugin

Save the plugin to your desktop. Do NOT this file.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. In WordPress click Add New under Plugins on the sidebar.
  2. Click the Upload Plugin button at the top of the page.
  3. Click the Browse button and search your computer for the music-maker-backup-settings.zip file. Select the file.
  4. Click the Install Now button.
  5. On the next page click the Activate Plugin button.
  6. Click Backup Theme Settings button on the sidebar in WordPress.
  7. At the top of your browser click File and Save Page As to save this page as an HTML file to your computer.

3. Update the Music Maker Theme ( 62 Seconds )

You should download the latest theme update to your desktop.

Cache Plugins Issues: If you are using a cache plugin, please clear your cache, and turn deactivate it to avoid problems.

After updating the Music Maker Theme clear your browser cache to make sure you see the new changes.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. In WordPress click Add New under Plugins on the sidebar.
  2. In the search box search for Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades, click enter or return on your keyboard to search.
  3. Once you find the plugin, click the Install Now button, and then click the Activate button.
  4. Under Appearance on the sidebar click Themes.
  5. Click the Add New button at the top of the page.
  6. On the Install Themes page click the Upload Theme link.
  7. Click the Browse button and search for the MusicMaker.zip file on your computer. Now click the Install Now button.
    – Do not try to upload any other file that is not named MusicMaker.zip.
    browse
    Common Issues

    • Missing Style.css Error
      If you get this message it is because you are uploading the wrong zip file. You need to upload the MusicMaker.zip file.
      If you do not see the MusicMaker.zip file, unzip the initial zip file you downloaded and look for the correct zip file.
    • Location Already Exist Error
      There are three possible causes for this issue.
      1. Missing Update Plugin – You will get this issue if you did not install the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin. Please follow the steps above and install the plugin.
      2. Older Version of WordPress – If you did install the plugin, old versions of WordPress below 4.6 will require you to select a box on the upload page. Select Yes next to Upgrading existing theme.
      3. Server Permission Issues – If you did select yes and continue to have a issue, you may be having server permission issues. You will need to go to the themes page in WordPress, activate another WordPress theme, and delete the Music Maker theme. Then install the Music Maker theme again.

    8. Next click the Activate link to make the updated theme live.
    9. Next update your WordPress permalinks. Under Settings on the sidebar click Permalinks.
    10. On the Permalinks Settings page click the Save Changes button.


4. Update Full-Width Beat Store Templates ( 48 Seconds )

Only follow these steps if you were using the Beat Store ( Playlist / Full Width ) or Beat Store ( Paginated / Full Width ) templates.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. In WordPress, click All Pages on the sidebar under Pages.
  2. Find whatever page you created for your beat store and click the Edit link.
  3. In the Page Attributes box on the right either select the Beat Store ( Playlist ) or Beat Store ( Paginated ).
  4. Click the Update button.

The option to make your beat store full width is now in the WordPress Customizer.


5. Update Thumbnail Images ( 38 Seconds )

The image thumbnail sizes have been updated in the Beat Store playlist, so we need to regenerate the image sizes.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. In WordPress click Add New under Plugins on the sidebar.
  2. In the top right input search for Regenerate Thumbnails and click enter on your keyboard.
  3. Click the Install Now button. Then click Activate.
  4. Under Tools on the sidebar click Regen. Thumbnails.
  5. Click the Regenerate All Thumbnails button.
  6. Let it run…. and done!

6. Add Settings to Customizer ( 9 Minutes )

Here is when where you get to start using the new WordPress Customizer.

Open WordPress in one window, and the HTML file you saved in another browser window.


7. Add Content Below Your Beat Store

Follow this tutorial: How to Add Content Below Beat Store


8. Clear Your Browser Cache

If your homepage and beat store don’t update once updating the theme, try clearing your browser cache.


What to do next!


Troubleshooting After Updating to 3.0

You can see by the demo site the Music Maker theme works.

Common Problems with Version 3.0

  1. Only 10 beats load – Activate your License Key
  2. Page content doesn’t loadTurn off page animations
  3. I don’t see the new changes Clear your browser cache, and clear and deactivate any cache plugins. Also, test in another browser for comparison.
    • Also, many of the new features need to be turned on in the WordPress Customizer.
  4. The Frontpage Sections don’t workGo through videos 1 to 3 completely on how to use the FrontPage sections, and read each individual section for the different Frontpage sections.
  5. A feature isn’t workingTry troubleshooting. Plugins and java script are common problems.
  6. The Beat Store is gone  – The beat store template changed in version 2.18. Edit the page that is your beat store and select the Beat Store Playlist template. If that doesn’t help, try troubleshooting.

Common Problems

When updating, custom PHP code changes will be overwritten.

1. Beat Store Tab Missing?

You will NOT see the beat store tab in WordPress until you install the Easy Digital Downloads plugin.

This plugin will be installed when you Install the Demo Content.


2. Exceeds PHP Size Limit

It is suggested you contact your website host and ask for assistance on increasing your WordPress upload limit.

The upload limit is not controlled by the Music Maker theme, but by your host.


3. Missing Style.css Error

This error happens when you upload the wrong file. You need to upload the MusicMaker.zip file.


4. How Do I Downgrade My Theme?

If you followed the tutorial above to update, a back up version of your theme should be saved in your media library.

Download the zip file to your desktop, and follow the tutorial above to upload the MusicMaker.zip file.


5. How to Put Your Website Under Construction

Article: How to Make a Under Construction Page


6. I’m Not Seeing Any Changes

Clear your browser cache if it looks like the beat store code hasn’t been updated.

If you are using a cache plugin, clear your cache plugin. Also, cache plugins have been known to cause problems.


7. Outdated CSS Code

You should remove any CSS code that does something that the WordPress customizer does.

If you don’t remove old conflicting code, it may cause issues when trying to change something in the WordPress Customizer.

Updated on October 31, 2017

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