How To Update Your Theme
1. Donwload latest version
You can download the latest version of your theme in your http://themeforest.net/downloads
2. Check the Changelog
The first thing you need to do after downloading and unpacking the latest theme package is to read the Changelog iinside the theme's page on Themeforest. This file will give you an overview of new features, improvements, bug fixes or any other changes in the new version. If you find these changes irrelevant or unimportant, you can skip the update.
3. Make a backup
This is the best precautionary you’ll ever need. Whenever something doesn’t go as planned, you can always restore.
If you are not comfortable with manual backup, you can use plugins instead and below is a list of WordPress backup plugins you should try.
– Free plugins:
+ UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration for WordPress
– Paid Plugin:
4. Uploading the new version
The easiest way to manually update your theme is to upload it via the WP dashboard.
- Go to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes > Upload
- Click Browse and select the zip file
- Click Install Now
You will most likely get the following error: Theme installation failed.
5. Rename the folder
You can either rename the theme folder on your server, or rename the folder inside the zip file.
- Unzip the file on your computer
- Rename the folder (e.g. “Bentuestu”). The folder name must not have spaces in it.
- Compress the new folder to a ZIP file
- Upload it via Appearance > Themes > Install Themes > Upload
- Go to Appearance > Themes and activate the new version
If you have done any customizations to your theme files, these customizations will be lost if you use this method. If you have not done customizations to the theme, or you are running a child theme you can:
- Go to Appearance > Themes
- Activate TwentyEleven (or another theme)
- Delete the old theme
- Upload new version via Appearance > Themes > Install Themes > Upload
- Activate the new version
If you have made any modifications to your theme files (for example your custom.css), you will need to re-apply these to the new version. We recommend using a child theme to avoid this step. If you are an advanced user, you can see the changelog.txt in the theme folder to only update the updated files via FTP.