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How to Update a WordPress Theme

Just like your WordPress website version, it’s also important to make sure that your WordPress theme is up to date. This ensures security, compatibility and full functionality to your whole WordPress site. There are two ways on how to update your WordPress theme:  

Important Note: Make sure this process is done overnight when there are least expected visitors on the website. Do the preparations listed below before applying changes to your website:  

  • Secure a backup of WordPress website files. 
  • Secure a backup of WordPress database SQL file. 
  • Check the details of the new version and make sure that it is compatible with the current WordPress version you are using.

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard via the link (replace with the domain of your website) or on any of the methods below depending on your web hosting plan.  

Step 2. Click Appearance on the menu bar at the left side of the page.

Appearance Option in WordPress

Step 3. Click Themes from the drop-down options.

Themes on Menu Bar in WordPress Dashboard

Step 4. Click on the Update now link of the theme that you are using. 

WordPress Theme Update Now Link

Note: If you are using a child theme, only update the parent theme to retain the customizations made to the WordPress theme that you are using. If the website does not work after updating the parent theme, contact the theme creator for support.

Manual Update 

If an updated version of your purchased theme is released, your theme provider gives you access to the theme file. Most of the time, the update now link does not show for themes that are not from So, you need to manually upload them by following the steps below.  

Step 1. Activate any theme on your WordrPress dashboard other than the theme in question. This gives a temporary theme to your WordPress site while the main theme is being updated.  

Step 2Log in to cPanel.  

Step 3. Click File Manager under Files

File Manager Button in cPanel

Step 4. Go to your WordPress website files and open wp-content/themes folder. 

Step 5. Right-click on the theme folder to show the drop-down options.  

2020 Theme Folder

Step 6. Click Rename. We are renaming the theme folder to uninstall it from the website without deleting. The renaming can also be done by connecting to FTP

Rename Folder Option in File Manager

Step 7. Enter any word or letter at the end of the folder nameFor example, on the folder name of Twenty Twenty theme, we can add _old at the end as a reminder that it is the older version of the theme. 

Enter New Folder Name in File Manager

Step 8. Manually upload the new version of WordPress theme file.  

Step 9. Activate the updated theme in your WordPress dashboard.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact our 24/7 Singaporeor Australia Support Team if you have further questions.   

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Updated on August 4, 2021

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