How to update your WordPress Theme?

We all use WordPress Themes and since they are software products, they are entitled for continues updates and improvements. So we have prepared the ultimate guide to help you updating WordPress Themes.

There are three main methods to update your website theme:

1- Update via Envato Market Plugin

You can update your theme if you purchased it from themeforest. Envato has a plugin that enables you to update your theme in few steps.

  1. Download the plugin and install it from here.
  2. You will need to generate a personal token, and then insert it in Envato Market Page in your admin panel.

2- Update via WordPress Admin Panel

To update your theme to its latest version without losing the settings, please follow the steps as described below:

Back Up Your Theme Files

Before updating your WordPress theme, the first important thing you should do is backup your site to prevent any loss of settings or customization you have made to the site. Now please download the latest theme package and zip the theme if it is not zipped and then finally it’s time for you to update now.

 

Update your theme

In your WordPress dashboard,

  • Go to Appearance > Themes
  • Switch to any other theme -preferred to WordPress default themes-
  • Delete the old theme version.
  • Upload the new theme and activate it.

Notes:

  • Please make sure that the theme folder has the same name. Different folder names may lead to lose all the previous theme settings.
  • Please make sure that you deleted the old theme folder.  The reason for this error is due to the fact you can’t have two folders in your themes directory with identical names.

3- Update via FTP or CPanel

There’s still another solution for you by updating your theme via FTP or CPanel.

To update your theme to its latest version without losing the settings, please follow the steps as described below:

Back Up Your Theme Files

Before updating your WordPress theme, the first important thing you should do is backup your site to prevent any loss of settings or customization you have made to the site. Now please download the latest theme package and zip the theme if it is not zipped and then finally it’s time for you to update now.

Update your theme

  • Login to your site via FTP or CPanel.
  • Open file manager in CPanel.
  • Go to wp-content > themes, delete or rename the old theme folder.
  • Upload the new theme folder there.

Please always remember it is good to take backup of your old theme, in case if anything goes wrong you can always restore the backup. If you have done any custom changes in the theme files then you may lose all your customization when the theme is updated until or unless you are using a child theme.