I’m having some issues lately, regarding the activation (on the X → Validation page) and the automatic updates of some Themeco and also some third party extensions.
While doing some searching on the Themeco forum, I found that some of the extensions I’m having issues with, are deprecated by Themeco (X Mailchimp & Custom 404). I’m having issues with the following extensions and inside the brackets I describe what I did:
1 . Email Forms (Tried to install and activate the plugin from the Validation page but I get an error when I try to activate it. So I manually removed the old plugin “x-email-mailchimp” folder, then installed and activated the new Email Forms extension from the X → Validation page, but then I realized that I’ve lost all of my settings and forms that I’ve created. How am I going to update the old plugin to the new one without loosing all the work I’ve done?)
2 . Custom 404 (That was an easy fix, because I didn’t have any settings to lose, so what I did was to manually remove the old plugin folder, then install and activate the new Custom 404 extension from the X → Validation page)
3 . The Grid (For years I thought that I had this plugin updated. It was working properly and I always update the plugins the soonest the possible. All good since this morning when I realized that I was using version Version 2.2.0 which was released back in October 31th, 2016, because I never got a notification to update the plugin. This morning I also discovered the Bulk Extension Manager, which if I had known before I would have seen the red bold warning for the old version I was using. Good news is that I think I fixed the problem: I deactivated it, updated it while deactivated, then reactivated it and it seems that all are working well again. I hope I didn’t loose any of my grids or settings.)
4 . Superfly (Like “The Grid” issue above, for years I thought I had this plugin updated. It seems that I managed to fix superfly’s problematic update too by manually removing the old plugin folder, then installed and activated the new Superfly extension from the X → Validation page, got an error message, went and manually removed the - random? - suffix in the plugin’s folder name - it was something like “superfly-menu-T85iPC” so I removed the “-T85iPC” - I then got back to the validation page and the activation seems to have worked and all my settings seem to somehow be in place and that everything works just fine!)
5 . Modern Events Calendar (I’m getting a notification on WordPress Updates page that there’s a newer version of MEC – version 5.16.2. - and that I should update it. When I try to update it I get an error. Then I checked that the version compatibility page on your website and saw that the latest supported version is 5.15.5, the version I have, so I am guessing that I shouldn’t worry about the error message right?)
6 . Are all the above normal? Am I doing something wrong that stops the extensions from updating automatically?
7 . Is there a page where Themeco announces the deprecated plugins and the process we should follow in order to continue using the new versions without any issues?
8 . By doing the above did I fix the problem or I’m going to have more complicated issues in the future?
9 . Any way to switch to the newer Email Forms without having to setup everything from scratch?
Congratulations for the great work you’re doing!
Thank you in advance,
wordpress version 5.6
x theme 8.0.11 (child theme)