WordPress switched it’s framework that the old themes were built on, to one that supports social media and mobile media. All the new themes don’t have sidebar widgets but the widgets follow at the end of the blog. All the old themes are considered retired and no updates are being done on them. They have been trying to fix issues for the ones that they can still work with. Last week wordpress did a site update and some of the blogs that had old themes ran into trouble with their side bars. This was an answer that came from one of the techs when asked about it a few days ago.
But as with any software the code eventually becomes dated, the theme no longer supports all the features on WordPress.com, and the continued cost of maintaining it just becomes too high. At that point we retire the theme. We don’t send out notifications when this happens.
You can keep on using the theme, but as the different coding languages evolve and we introduce new features and software updates, eventually the theme will start breaking. We still try to fix any bugs that occur, like in this case, but there will come a day where something will break that we simply won’t be able to fix.
I ran into trouble a couple of years ago. I switched themes but I didn’t really like it so I switched last Spring to one that they had just started offering. It works well with food and craft blogs. If you are using a theme from before 2015 I would consider switching to one of the themes they are offering now. I am still updating. I have recipes that I have to recode to make them printable. It is something they added in the recent couple of years. It takes a while to do 175 recipes.
Most of the early reblogs I did here the links no longer worked so I cleaned them up this past week. I still have a few more to go. I just simply deleted them.
I just wanted to give everyone here a heads up on this.