We recently upgraded a customer website that was very old. Everything appears to be working, except for the Evolve Plus theme. When we activate the theme, the site has the “PHP Fatal error” below. All plugins are deactivated. If we switch back to a plain theme the site works. Back to Evolve Plus and it fails.
The server is running Apache and PHP v8.1. WordPress was upgraded to v6.2.2 (just before v6.3 was released)
The Evolve Plus Theme is v3.0.5
The Error is:
[16-Aug-2023 15:40:25 UTC] PHP Fatal error: Uncaught TypeError: ftp_nlist(): Argument #1 ($ftp) must be of type FTP\Connection, null given in /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php:427
#0 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php(427): ftp_nlist()
#1 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php(229): WP_Filesystem_FTPext->exists()
#2 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php(58): WP_Filesystem_Base->find_folder()
#3 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-content/themes/evolve-plus/inc/admin/customizer/customizer.php(1225): WP_Filesystem_Base->abspath()
#4 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-content/themes/evolve-plus/inc/admin/customizer/customizer.php(1181): evolve_get_controls_from_json()
#5 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(308): evolve_load_the_theme_options()
#6 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(332): WP_Hook->apply_filters()
#7 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-includes/plugin.php(517): WP_Hook->do_action()
#8 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-settings.php(623): do_action()
#9 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-config.php(89): require_once('...')
#10 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-load.php(50): require_once('...')
#11 /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-cron.php(46): require_once('...')
thrown in /var/www/wordpress/www.website.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 427
This APPEARS to be related to WordPress maybe passing some bad value to the Evolve Plus theme? I found numerous posts about a similar error and being told to set the “FS_METHOD” to “direct” in the config file but this does not work and makes no difference.
Any suggestions on what might be causing this and how we would edit the database or make some other change to fix this?
We are an extremely technical team and well versed at debugging and writing plug-ins, but are having a hard time tracking down where this is going wrong.
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