How to update a theme
Please note: make a backup of the Theme inside your WordPress installation folder /wp-content/themes/your theme/.
We also encourage you to make a full backup of your site and database before performing an update.
Note: in this post we refer to theme stendhal as an example: please modify your path as needed.
Themes downloaded from ThemeForest or Yithemes
To get the latest update of the Theme
- Login to ThemeForest or Yithemes
- Head over to your Downloads section
- Re-download the theme like you did when you bought it.
Extract the contents of the zip file, look for the extracted theme folder, and after you have all the new files upload them using FTP to the /wp-content/themes/your theme/ folder overwriting the old ones (this is why it's important to backup any changes you've made to the theme files).
If you didn't make any changes to the theme files, feel free to overwrite them with the new ones without the risk of losing theme settings, pages, posts, slider images, etc.
Now if you have modified files like CSS or some php files and you haven't kept track of your changes then you can use some 'diff' tools to compare the two versions' files and folders. That way you'd know exactly what files to update and where, line by line. Otherwise you'll loose your customizations.
For a detailed guide about how to update via FTP, check this guide.
I downloaded my theme on ThemeForest but now it's disappeared
If you downloaded your theme on ThemeForest but you can't find it there, please open a support ticket and we'll create a new order on Yithemes. There you will find all your themes in one place.