Admin Website Design

Website Update in Progress

Starting today, I will be migrating the ZAG website to a new theme. While I have done most of the work in a staging site, there may be some issues while the update is in progress.

Executive Summary:

We are moving from an outdated commercial theme. We cannot update this theme unless we purchase a new subscription. Additionally, the commercial theme has several dependencies that have their own subscription costs.

The new theme is based on Twenty Twenty, the new default WordPress theme. Because Twenty Twenty is the new default theme, there are no licensing fees.

After the new theme has been live for a few weeks, I will back up the website and delete all the outdated plugins and themes.

Administrator Notes:

In addition to the substantial reduction in subscription costs, the new theme allows us to remove several plugins from the site. This greatly simplifies troubleshooting and site maintenance.

Another benefit is that the new theme was designed for the Gutenberg block editor, with an eye toward responsive design and Google’s AMP initiative. This allows us to remove several CSS overrides needed to make the previous theme work better on tablets and phones.

The new twenty-twenty-zag child theme only modifies 4 source files. I have included diffs, along with the original versions, in the child theme directories.

There is also a modified source file for The Events Calender list widget.

I will provide more thorough documentation of the code changes in a future website design post.