A little facelift from time to time - that's good for every blog. Because even websites are subject to trends. What looked modern three years ago can seem dusty today. Quite apart from technical innovations that otherwise escape you and possible security risks that can arise from outdated technology. As a rule, theme updates are no big deal - at least when you have finally picked your desired new theme from the multitude of layouts.
They are installed with just a few clicks and are usually quickly customized. But sometimes there is a sudden and unexpected bang: The update led to a crash, nothing works anymore. In this article we show you the most important first aid measures in such emergencies.
When it comes to crashes, I'm a burned child. In fact, it has happened to me several times that a blog ended up in a different orbit after an update and was at least temporarily unavailable to me. Accordingly, I am not relaxed when I click on an "Update" button. The situation is similar when I click on "Activate theme". The problem, as bad as it may look at first glance, can usually be solved comparatively easily - you just have to know how.
If you clicked on "Activate Theme" and get a message about a "Fatal Error" instead of the new design, a crash is very likely. Your blog including dashboard is no longer available. First reaction: hectic clicking around, opening, closing. Then swearing. Sometimes everything at the same time. Unfortunately that doesn't make it better, but often even worse.
If you manage it somehow: Keep your fingers still for now. Take a deep breath, come down and start the emergency program.
To fix the error and "repair" your blog, you need to access the corresponding data of your blog via FTP and reset it to zero with regard to the blog design.
Did you make it? Then you should have access to your blog again and be able to reactivate your old layout. Usually such a layout crash leaves no traces on the data of your blog, everything should look normal again.
A blog is now so easy to install and run that you definitely don't have to be a technical genius to do it. The downside of this comfortable state is that if something goes wrong, a technology layman is up to no good. If you don't have to deal with your FTP access and the corresponding programs for the first time until the crisis strikes, you'll only be able to use them to a limited extent. So here are two alternatives to self-help:
Good question. Unfortunately it is not always easy to answer, because such a crash can have very different triggers. Possible reasons:
These are the most important tips in the event of a layout crash. Should you ever be affected, always remember: stay calm, keep your nerve, breathe deeply, drink tea - and then get to work. Such a crash may be annoying and cost unnecessary time, but it is not the end of the world.