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How do I update my theme ?

First of all, do a backup on your local computer. There is a lot of tool and plugins available to help you to do this. Just find one with a good rating and get it set up now, not later: https://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=backup+wp

ALWAYS make a backup of your entire site before you update. Usually. the update installs within seconds and cause zero problems, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

How to upgrade?

The first thing to know is that if you have modified PHP, CSS, JS files into the core theme, the update will overwrite what you did (it's why we suggest doing your modifications in the child theme).

The update will NOT affect your content such as your blog post, photos, videos, option theme settings, WordPress settings. Basically, the update replaces the PJP, JavaScript and CSS files of the theme, not your database, and not the WordPress core files.

OPTION 1 - AUTOMATIC UPDATE:

  1. Download and Install the official Envato Market WordPress plugin here
  2. Follow the instruction on the Envato Market WordPress plugin official page.

OPTION 2 - MANUAL UPDATE: 

1. Redownload the theme files on ThemeForest (ThemeForest always have the latest version of the theme). So login to your Envato account, then go to Downloads, and download "Installable Wordpress file Only" package.

2. Go to Wp-Admin > Appearance >  Themes and activate another theme such Twenty Fifteen.

3. Delete the Theme you want to update. (Yeah, you must delete the theme before re-uploading the same theme).

4. Go to WP-Admin > Appearance > Themes > Add New and Upload the theme .ZIP file you've just downloaded from ThemeForest.

5. Activate your theme by clicking the "Activate button".

6. Make sure to reactivate the plugins by going to WP-Admin > Plugins. 

7. If one of your plugins has not been updated (ex: Visual Composer), go to WP-Admin > Plugins and delete the plugin then go to WP-Admin > Appearance > Install Plugins and reinstall the plugins. Make sure to "activate" it again.

OPTION 3:

If deleting a theme makes your nervous, or you have an issue when uploading the theme via the WordPress dashboard, you can upload it manually by FTP.

1. Redownload the theme files on ThemeForest (ThemeForest always have the latest version of the theme). So login to your Envato account, then go to Downloads, and download "Installable Wordpress file Only" package.

2. Unzip the zip file on your computer

3. Rename the root folder to something like "themename-new".

4. By using an FTP software (such as FileZilla), connect to your FTP.

5. Upload the folder to .../wp-content/themes/ (so you should have /wp-content/themes/themename-new/)

6. Once everything has been uploaded, go to WP-Admin > Appearance > Themes and activate your new theme.

7. Make sure to reactivate the plugins by going to WP-Admin > Plugins. If one of your plugins has not been updated (ex: Visual Composer), go to WP-Admin > Plugins and delete the old plugin.

8. Go to WP-Admin > Appearance > Install Plugins and reinstall the plugins. Make sure to "activate" them again.