Woocommerce and Theme Updating Problems

Hello,

I suppose I have a two part question regarding how to update our theme and how to reconfigure the theme to work for google shopping. I'll do my best to explain below but please feel free to reach out to me if any more clarification is required.

We currently cannot update our theme without causing all of the product listing pages to become spaced incorrectly and completely jumbled - which is what happens once we update the theme to the current version. We are using a child theme of MaxStore called TheStore. I have a feeling this is caused by custom modifications our freelance developer made so we could change the theme to better serve our needs. Originally, the theme was an "add to cart" or woocommerce friendly theme. For examle, we changed the "add to cart" button with "request a quote" along with other minor changes (hiding cart function, etc.) since we were not intending to be a e-commerce site. However, after several months we decided that we would like to get on google shopping and now require the theme be restored to it's original functions so it will pass google's certification as an e-commerce viable site.

How can I update the theme without boggling the website listings and how would it be best to configure the site to be fit for google shopping? Will I have to manually reconfigure the theme? Our main concern is to be able to do this without losing all of our current product listings.

Any help you can offer would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Matthew

  • James Morris
    • WordPress Enthusiast

    Hello Matthew,

    I hope you are well today.

    Since you're using WooCommerce, the risk of losing your products by a theme change are next to nil unless there is a huge amount of customization done and the products are not stored in the WC tables, which is unlikely. So, your products should still be there even with a theme update or change.

    To determine what would be required to maintain the same look and feel after update would require examining and doing a "diff" on the old customized theme vs the new updated theme. This is a bit of advanced practice so it's not something that can be easily explained in the forums.

    The basic gist is you would download a "diff" tool. If you are on Windows, WinMerge http://winmerge.org/ is a fantastic tool. You would then load the old theme in one panel and the new theme in the other panel and compare the changes. This would allow you to track down exactly what you would need to change in the new theme to get it to work correctly. Of course, there would be some trial and error, but this is always the case in custom theme development.

    Now, with regards to preparing for Google Shoppping. I've found 3 plugins doing a quick Google search that all seem to be right along the lines of what you will need to accomplish this.

    Please see the following:

    https://woocommerce.com/products/google-product-feed/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-product-feed-manager/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce-to-google-merchant-center/

    I hope this clarifies a bit. Let us know if you have any further questions. We'll be happy to help! :slight_smile:

    Best regards,

    James Morris

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