pinetreehow-to-update

Backing upBacking up your site

Before you update, it’s best to make a full site backup and make a database backup. This will ensure you can revert to a working version if anything unexpected occurs.
There are some great plugins to help backing up your site: VaultPressA monthly subscription based service developed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. BackupBuddyA paid and premium WordPress backup and site restore plugin developed by iThemes BackWPupA free WordPress backup plugin with a paid Pro version, as well. All-in-One WP MigrationThis plugin exports your WordPress website including the database, media files, plugins and themes with no technical knowledge required.

updateStarting update your theme

Go to ThemeForest to download the theme again, now the file you get is the latest version.
There are 2 ways to update your theme. Let's assume the name of theme is "{themeName}", and the theme file is "{themeFile}".

First method (recommended)

  1. Go to your server with FTP tool (if you don't want to use FTP tool, you can install File Manager plugin, it's similar as FTP tool), then navigate to your themes folder, for exemple, mine is "/public_html/demo/wp-content/themes/", find theme folder "{themeFolder}" and rename it to a new name like "{themeFolder}-old". Why not delete it directly? Because if error happens with new theme, we can bring the old version back quickly.
  2. Extract "{themeFile}", then upload it to themes folder "/public_html/demo/wp-content/themes/".
  3. Refresh the page to check if there is any notice, e.g. update required plugins. If YES, follow it, if NO, all is done!
  4. Check the site to see if it is working properly, if YES, you can delete the old version ("{themeFolder}-old" folder) now.

Second method (NOT recommended because it may cause some data to be modified by other themes)

Go to admin Dashboard => Appearance => Themes.
  1. Activate an inactive theme (because active theme can't be deleted, so we want to make "{themeName}" become inactive via activating another theme), then click "{themeName}" theme to check Theme Details and you will see a "Delete" button at the bottom-right corner, press it to delete the theme.
  2. Find "Add New Theme" button at the page bottom, press it to open the upload page and then upload the theme file "{themeFile}".
    Note: if error happens just like "The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini", you need to edit the php.ini or try the second method for updating.
  3. When done, activate the theme!
  4. Refresh the page to check if there is any notice, e.g. update required plugins. If YES, follow it, if NO, all is done!

P.S. For more information please send message to us via theme support.