WordPress from Version Changes

The files that appear to have changed in WordPress version from are:


Please note that the above is not an official WordPress list. It was made using the win32 program WinMerge, from zip downloads of WordPress versions that I have saved.

9 thoughts on “WordPress from Version Changes

  1. George, did you see this posting?

    The two files, index.php and wp-layout.css are for 1.2.2, but it’s fairly easy to follow the codex instructions to upgrade to 1.5 compatibility. You will also need to copy the comments.php file from the WordPress “classic” theme, so your new theme directory will have 3 files in it.

  2. Thanks for the quick response!

    I found your index.php and wp-layout.php files you provide on this site and made the changes. What do I do for wp-comments.php? Do I need that file too?

  3. You caught me sitting at the computer, George :-)

    Index.php and style.css (renamed from wp-layout.css) go into your new theme directory:
    /wp-content/themes/'your theme name'/

    The comments.php file is from the WordPress theme named “classic”, this file is located in the following directory of your blog:
    Copy comments.php into the directory you created:
    /wp-content/themes/'your theme name'/

  4. Thank you,

    I’m a total newbie at WordPress. This will get me going. Hopefully, I’ll get a moment tonight to try this out.

  5. George, you’re welcome. Be advised that some instructions in my older post need to be ignored, as they were for 1.2.x versions. Leave the files in your blog’s root directory alone. The logged-in blog administrator uses the administration interface, ‘Presentation > Themes’, to activate and select the desired theme.

  6. I recently had time* to fix the comment form textarea box scaling issue, but haven’t made time to update this blog’s style.css. I copied a couple of items from the WordPress “classic” style.css theme. I added the following lines right above the #footer and beginning of the calendar section (about 7/8 down from the top of the file):

    #commentform #author, #commentform #email, #commentform #url, #commentform textarea {
    background: #fff;
    border: 1px solid #333;
    padding: .2em;

    #commentform textarea {
    width: 100%;

    #commentlist {
    font-size: 12px;
    margin-right: 3em;

    #commentlist li ul {
    border-left: 1px solid #ddd;
    font-size: 110%;
    list-style-type: none;

    Of course, play around with the values until you like it.

    * Disclaimer: Not only was it the time, but also the specific knowledge. On this site I had made a change in some code (don’t remember precisely which file right now) to narrow the width of the textarea box (the box people write in to make a comment), but there a percentage didn’t work, the setting that did work was a narrow value of number of columns: I did not make that change in the CSS, and the change I did make didn’t scale with the browser window or with various display settings. In the CSS, a percentage value appears to work fine. The solution was right in front of my eyes the whole time, but I couldn’t see it!

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