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You’re Hired 2.0 Upgrade Guide


Last updated on December 24, 2016 No Comments


You’re Hired Version 2.0

You’re Hired has been updated to version 2.0!

This update includes:

Contents

The biggest update you’ll see is the new design. It’s much better than the old one, in my opinion. Designing a resume is surprisingly difficult, if you want it to look clean and professional. I was never completely satisfied with the old one, but had to wait to update it until I had a better idea for the design.

Secondly, it’s now a lot easier to set up your resume. I simplified some widgets and I think you’ll find the instructions easier to follow.

Finally, this is now a one-page WordPress theme. The theme transforms your homepage into a resume, and that’s that. There is no navigation menu, so you’re not linking to other pages like a regular website. There are no standard header or footer widgets. The WordPress Posts and Pages still exist, but the theme only gives them very minimal design, and they don’t have a header.

So you can use this theme to create a simple one-page site. Or, you might choose to install it on a sub-domain so that you can display your resume separately from your regular website.

 

Free Upgrade

This is a free update for everyone who has purchased this theme in the past (previous to December 24, 2016).

There will be no update to the older free version of the theme, because I’m no longer offering free versions of any of my themes.

This guide is for anyone who had version 1.0-1.4, and is updating to version 2.0, released today (December 24, 2016).

If you’ve purchased version 2.0 and you’re installing it fresh, you should just follow the regular documentation.

 

How to Get the New Version

Before you can do anything, you’ll need to download the new theme files.

Creative Market Customers

If you purchased the theme at Creative Market, login to your account there. Go to your Purchases page.

You should see a listing for You’re Hired with a small download icon. If you need help with this, contact support at Creative Market.

Zen Web Themes Customers

If you purchased the theme here at Zen Web Themes, please login to My Account.

Go to either Orders or Downloads and download a new copy of the theme.

 

Warning and Disclaimer

I can’t make any guarantees about what will happen when you do this upgrade.

I updated the theme demo with the new version, and it went pretty smoothly. However, that doesn’t mean that I can promise the same for you.

At the very least, you’ll have to edit some of your resume widgets. Some of them have been reorganized, some have new input fields, and some are no longer in use. You will have to follow the guide below to make some updates.

When I installed the new version, all of my old data was still there. But again, I can’t promise that will happen for you. It’s not likely, but it is possible that you’ll have to re-enter all of your information.

In any software upgrade, it’s always possible that something will go really wacky. It’s a best practice to make a backup before you do anything.

 

Upgrade Guide

Alright! Now that you have the new theme .zip file and you’ve been warned about the possibility of disaster, let’s start the update process.

 

Step 1: Install the New Version of the Theme

We’ll go over how to install the new version of the theme within WordPress, and then how to do it via FTP.

Option 1: In WordPress

First, we have to delete the old version of the theme.

  1. In WordPress, go to Appearance > Themes.
  2. Deactivate “You’re Hired” by activating another theme, such as one of the default WordPress themes like Twenty Sixteen.
  3. Click on the image for “You’re Hired” to see the Theme Details. (See screenshot below.)
  4. This opens up a larger screen with information about the theme. Click the Delete button in the lower-right corner. (See screenshot below.)

Now we can install the new version of the theme.

  1. Return to Appearance > Themes
  2. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page
  3. Upload the theme zip file (youre-hired.zip)
  4. Activate the theme

Go to Step 2: Clear Your Cache.

Option 2: FTP

I’m not going to write an entire tutorial on how to use FTP here. If you’re already using FTP, you know how to use it. If you don’t know how to use FTP, just use Option 1 above.

  1. Unzip the theme zip file (youre-hired.zip)
  2. Login to your server with your FTP app
  3. Navigate to wp-content/themes/
  4. Delete the entire /youre-hired/ folder
  5. Upload the entire new /youre-hired/ folder from your computer into the /themes/ folder.

 

Step 2: Clear Your Cache

Recently I’ve noticed that Chrome is caching things for longer than it used to. And when I went through this update process, I had to do a full clear of the cache in order for all of the new files to work. At first, I got a weird mixture of some of the old files and some of the new ones, and it looked really bad.

This is a nice article that has instructions for clearing the cache on all major browsers, both desktop and mobile. If you don’t know how to clear your browser’s cache, now is a great time to learn.

 

Step 3: Check for Issues and Make Updates

This is the bulk of the work in upgrading to the new version.

Now that you’ve installed the new version of the theme, activated it, and cleared your browser, go ahead and view the front-end of your website to see the changes. Refresh the page, if you haven’t already.

If all went well, it should be pretty darn similar to the theme demo. You’ll probably see some odd things.

At this point, you can simply follow the documentation if you want to review every resume widget and see the official instructions. But here in this guide, we’ll also go over the changes to each section and where to find the settings.

Accent Color

You’ll probably want to choose a new accent color. The old one was designed for a light, pastel-type color. The new one looks better with deep, rich colors like jewel tones.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Color Choices > Accent Color

Font

Review your font choice. More fonts have been added, and a couple were removed.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Typography > Font Choice

Social Media Icons

Review your social media icons. More have been added, so you can link to more profiles now.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Summary – Name, Title, Social

Skills Widget

The Skills section has been completely redone. It has been simplified and streamlined.

You’ll probably need to remove your old Skills widgets completely, and then add a fresh one.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Skills

Redo “Recommendations”

The “Recommendations” section has been reworked. Instead of a separate “Recommendations” section, it’s now bundled in with the “About Me” section. And instead of “Recommendations” widgets, there are now “Quotes” widgets.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Widgets > About Me

In this section, you should first add an “About Me” widget, if you don’t have one already. Then, add a “Quotes” widget to display a recommendation/testimonial/quote from a supervisor or colleague. (If you don’t have any quotes to show, don’t add any Quotes widgets and it won’t affect the design of the resume.)

Company Logos

You can now add company logos to each of your Experience widgets. Please check the documentation for instructions on how to do this.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Experience

Redo “Projects” in the new “Accomplishments” Section

The old version had a section for “Projects” which would automatically display your two most recent blog posts. The theme now functions as a one-page site, so there’s no need to bother with blog posts or other pages.

However, you can always link to external websites where your work is displayed. This should be done in the new “Accomplishments” area. Add any additional items in this section, such as certificates earned or major projects completed.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Accomplishments

Add a standard Text widget here. You can use as many Text widgets as you want, to create separate accomplishments.

Additional Info Section

Next to the new “Accomplishments” section is a new “Additional Info” section. This is for anything that you didn’t yet get a chance to tell employers, such as including personal interests, volunteer experience, whether you’re willing to relocate, or anything that doesn’t fit within the other sections. Since it’s the last area on the page, leave them with a good impression.

Find this in: Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Additional Info

If anything is unclear at this point, please follow the new documentation. It has more in-depth instructions for each widget.

Thanks so much for using You’re Hired, and I hope this upgrade guide was useful for you!

 

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