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Using the Agility Skin for Thesis 2 – Part 2 – How to Upgrade Agility

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I make changes to the Agility Skin for Thesis 2 to improve features and to update it when changes are made to the Thesis Theme. So this means that you’ll need to upgrade Agility from time to time.

For example, if you look on your site right now you’ll notice probably that you have an upgrade notice for Agility. Here is a version of Agility that I customized for the use in the Start Building Your Website Here class and this is using an older version of Agility.

Where to Find the Upgrade Notice

But if you come over to your dashboard and you are using Thesis 2.1.9 or 2.2, you’ll have this little update notice up here at the top. It says “Update are available for your Thesis skins”.

If you’re using Thesis 1.8 or below, you don’t actually see that notice but if you go to Manage Skins and click on it, you’ll see that this thing says “Update BYOB Agility Nude”. I’m currently using 2.1.3 and what I’m going to do is click update and when we finish the update it’s going to be 2.1.7.

This is not the only thing you have to do in order to update Agility but this is the first step. Before I go further I just want to say that if yours doesn’t look like this that’s probably because you’re not using the same version of Thesis. This is Thesis version 2.1.9.

The soon to be released version 2.2 also looks like this. If you’re using an earlier version of Thesis then you see the little bright 1 and you don’t see this down there and you don’t have that other nag message. It’s one of the new improvements in the latest version of Thesis.

What Happens When You Update Agility

We’re going to click “Update BYOB Agility Nude” and say okay to this. Click here to finish. Now I want to show you that upgrading it didn’t change anything on the exterior appearance.

When you upgrade Agility it does not change any of the customized settings you already have. Your custom settings stay the way they are and your site remains unchanged. I hear people say all the time, “I’m afraid to upgrade because I don’t want to lose what I’ve already done”, but that doesn’t happen. You’re not going to lose what you’ve already done when you upgrade Agility.

Restore Defaults After Updating

So now let’s come back over here and finish the upgrade process. And to do that you have to come back over to the Skin Editor and over to Manager. Then you need to restore defaults.

What is Restored

The defaults you’re going to restore are only CSS variables and skin CSS. You’re not restoring design options, display options, CSS packages, boxes or templates. In fact, I don’t think CSS packages even shows up in Thesis 2.2. So you’re not going to restore any defaults except for CSS variables and skin CSS.

Last Step – Save Skin Design Options

When you click restore selected defaults, those changes have been made and you have one last thing you need to do which is come back over to Thesis design options. Things aren’t looking the way you expect them to look, now the menus are all messed up and there maybe other things that are messed up.

People start freaking out and they say, “Oh my gosh, my site’s been screwed up by this upgrade”. The only thing you have to do is come back over to skin design and save your design options. Once you’ve saved your design options and skin design and restore the template the styles that we originally created are here.

So that’s how you upgrade. You perform the upgrade, you restore the defaults and you save the design options and for almost all of you that will be perfectly smooth and simple process.

Why it’s Important to Restore Default Options

The importance of restoring those options is that from time to time, I add new CSS. In particular, this latest version of Agility has some CSS in it specifically designed for the DIY themes social media boxes so that you can install the social media boxes. It provides a little bit of styling for them so that they all go in the right spot and they’re all sitting nicely together. So if you didn’t restore the defaults you wouldn’t have that ability.

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