The way that all WordPress and Genesis themes work is that you must re-upload all the theme files, which means that updating or changing themes overwrites previous changes made to the theme files, and requires redoing any customization.
Updating your theme actually means installing a brand new copy of the newest version of the theme.
This should be done at minimum once per year because our themes are updated to keep date with current versions of WordPress + Genesis + Plugins, and best practices.
Older versions lack updates, which is typically what causes issues. We do not offer support for theme versions over 1 year old.
Best Practices for Food Bloggers
As a best practice, we recommend minimizing any changes to the theme files, and focusing instead on creating content.
Our themes are designed to work well out-of-the-box after following our tutorials. Most “changes” people make are not based on evidence that it’s better for their readers.
Don’t make any changes without a compelling reason (eg. “13 people emailed me to say that this layout doesn’t make sense so I absolutely need to move my social icons 9px up to improve conversions 10%).
You may be interested in our food blogger hosting package, which lets you select a new theme each year: https://feastdesignco.com/product/food-blogger-hosting/
Customizing Your Theme
If you absolutely need to make changes, make sure to use our Feast Customizations Plugin, which stores your customizations separate from our theme files and lets you update the theme files without worry.
Where to Find Updated Theme Files
Themes purchased on FeastDesignCo.com can be found by logging into your account.
Themes purchased at Studiopress.com will have their latest version available in their Studiopress account.
Different themes contain different features and some are only available in certain themes. See our handy-dandy Theme Comparison Chart.
However, copying a features found in the new theme to an existing theme, is different than simply updating a theme. This is because adding a new feature to an existing theme risks breaking things that are already setup for hundreds or sometimes thousands of other bloggers using that existing theme.
Any time you “update” a theme to its newer version you are essentially re-installing all the files, which may require that you redo customizations anyway.