Theme Previews borking in WPMu 2.7.1

The last few days I have been doing the arduous work of making sure the BuddyPress admin bar and D’Arcy’s Akismet Credit Inserter plugin work cleanly with all the themes on UMW Blogs. It’s painstaking work, but pretty important if BuddyPress is going to go live this fall. So, anyway, as I was going through our over 120 themes (the edited versions of which i will make available when finished) I found that almost 50 of the theme previews were just showing a white screen. Odd, so while I still haven’t updated UMW Blogs from 2.7.1 to 2.8.1 (still making sure the userthemes plugin is rock solid), I tested the same theme previews on the bava, which is running 2.8.1, and they worked. Long story short, this bug is fixed in 2.8.1, but if for some reason you can’t upgrade from 2.7.1 just yet, here is the fix which refers to the themes.php files within the wp-includes directory (wp-includes/theme.php):

Around line 852 replace

$_GET['template'] = preg_replace('|[^a-z0-9_.-/]|i', '', $_GET['template']);


$_GET['template'] = preg_replace('|[^a-z0-9_./-]|i', '', $_GET['template']);

and around line 861 replace

$_GET['stylesheet'] = preg_replace('|[^a-z0-9_.-/]|i', '', $_GET['stylesheet']);


$_GET['stylesheet'] = preg_replace('|[^a-z0-9_./-]|i', '', $_GET['stylesheet']);

And if you are upgrading—which you should—then this is one more thing to cross off your list, cause 2.8.1 makes this bug go away.

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6 Responses to Theme Previews borking in WPMu 2.7.1

  1. Thanks…hoping this is something we might work on Friday. Also Akismet…I have questions:)
    Looking forward to it. Thanks, as always, for your willingness to share.

    • Reverend says:

      Susan, let’s shoot for 10-4 on Friday in DuPont 310 (same spot as last time). And that goes for anyone else interested (Tom you gonna make it?—or are you still mad at me? Is our relationship over? Do you edit videos anymore?)

  2. Brad says:

    I was wondering about this. How do I upgrade/is UMWBlogs going to automatically upgrade at some point?

    I was trying to experiment with themes for Career Services today & kept shooting blanks, oops.

  3. Reverend says:


    because I knew you were doing this (I am tracking your keystrokes 🙂 ), I fixed, I do nothing but in care of thee, Bradleighe.


  4. Brad says:

    Such a gentleman!

    P.s. how can I privatize my ketstrokes? That’s a little creepy.

    • Reverend says:

      I’m not really tacking your keystrokes, I’m not that smart, plus it is illegal. It just was my way of letting you know I am watching your every move, every moment of every day.

      Be seeing you #6

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