I am trying to import a website that uses the Spirit Theme but get an error because the new website.

I have created a dev website on a local computer using xampp and running a wordpressMU install. All is working well. The problem is this: I can’t install a Spirit Website without getting “Upfront Missing” errors unless I install Upfront before the import. The problem is that then I get double the pages. As I could find no install for Upfront, is there a way to install the sub-themes without the pages and posts?

Thanks, Jesse

  • Kasia Swiderska
    • Support nomad

    Hello Jesse,

    On every child theme page https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/spirit/ is link to download Upfront https://premium.wpmudev.org/download/1465103509_upfront-0.4.1.2.zip next to button “Install”. You can download it there.

    Yes, Upfront has to be installed otherwise child themes will not work.

    Unfortunately Upfront themes are coming with template predefined pages and cannot be used without them.

    I would rather suggest that you use more like cloning tool than import/export – if its multisite to multisite, you can use Snapshot to do that https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/snapshot/

    kind regards,

    Kasia

  • jetiii
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Hello Kasia,

    OK, I have Upfront installed on the local server. That is not the problem. With the standard WordPress import/export, if I don’t install the Upfront Theme on the destination website, it can’t import it as it returns “missing upfront errors”. If I add an Upfront Theme, in this case Spirit, prior to importing, it will import but the pages are screwed up. If I delete the pages and menus prior to importing, it still isn’t right.

    Moving on to “SnapShot”. If I take a snapshot and then try to import it, I have a problem. The server uses subdomains, the local server uses subfolders. When I try to pt in the path, it has added *rvhobo/rvhobo/sitename. It duplicated the domain name twice. So I tried to find the site id, which for the life of me I can’t find.

    The reality here is that this does not look like a viable way to use this and keey our many sites in sync. I have another problem which is that the sites are fairly large and I am on a very high-priced metered connection right now while traveling.

    Can you, if available, recomend a code sync repository for WordPress that could simply keep the stes in sync like we do with our C++ and C# projects?

  • Rupok
    • Support Ninja

    Hi jetiii

    “With the standard WordPress import/export, if I don’t install the Upfront Theme on the destination website, it can’t import it as it returns “missing upfront errors” “. Well, this is an expected behavior. For fixing it, you need to install Upfront first on your new server, then install the child theme on your new server, then your import will work fine.

    Please take note that sub-folder subsites and subdomain subsites have totally different structure in many ways. So if you take a backup of a sub-folder subsite and try to restore it in a subdomain subsite, it will break.

    Have a nice day. Cheers!

    Rupok

  • jetiii
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Hi Rupok,

    After carefully testing the sgesstions made, they were not, in my opinion, practicle solutions for my enviroment. I found the following article: http://www.aurodigo.com/2013/12/moving-wordpress-multisite-from-live-server-to-localhost-safely.html, after much research, that got to the point of moving an installed version of WordPress Multisite to a local xampp server. As the article was fairly old, I am putting in our version which includes the use of the latest tools (scripts) and will post the url here if it can help other users. I am also evaluating push/pull tools to see if they will work in a production enviroment. What is apparently missing is a smart replace that can automatically converta sub-domain based version of WPMU into a sub-directory version. I am still looking and if you have any sugesstions please let me know.

    Thanks, Jesse

  • Rupok
    • Support Ninja

    Hi jetiii

    I hope you had a wonderful day.

    I’m so sorry that my workaround didn’t work appropriate for your environment. But I really appreciate your willingness to help others.

    Can you please have a look on this article: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/change-wordpress-multisite-to-sub-directories-sub-domains/

    I believe it will help you in migrating your site from sub-domain setup to sub-folder setup.

    Moreover, I’ve got another thread where this issue was discussed. This might help you:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/wordpress-multisite-change-setup-from-sub-domain-to-sub-directory

    Please let us know if you have any further confusion. We will be glad to help.

    Have a nice day. Cheers!

    Rupok

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