By many ways you can update and upgrade the WordPress Themes to the newer version. In this post we’ll show you the most common and recommended methods to update the WordPress Theme to newer versions.  If you haven’t customized your WP Theme, You can easily update the Older WordPress Theme to a newer version. But if  you have customized the theme to your style, then updating a theme to a newer version will need more time.

Now, Let’s discuss about the How to Update a Theme to a newer version. Currently, you can update a theme to newer versions automatically and Manually.

Info : Updates are essential. But before doing this, you should backup your WordPress Theme.

Automatic Update

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The Automatic updates are available for WordPress hosted default Themes like Twenty Eleven, Twenty Twelve and free themes. For example, you can update Twenty Twelve to newer versions by clicking the update button.

Also Note that, You will lost your customizations, even in this Automatic update option.

Upload a Newer Version Themes via WP Dashboard

Most of the premium WordPress Themes don’t have update notification features. But, We have the specialized Theme update alert feature on all of our Premium WordPress Themes. You will be notified when we update the theme to newer versions. You can download the newer versions of your WordPress Theme from your account page.

  1. Go to your ThemePacific Account Orders Page to Download the New Version.
  2. Then Extract the the Zip file to get Theme Zip file.
  3. If you attempt to install a newer version of WordPress Theme to update, you will get a error message like this,Destination folder already exists. Theme install failed.”

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To avoid this error, You can upload the newer Theme by Two ways.

1. Delete the Older WordPress Theme and Install a Newer WordPress Theme

2. Rename The Newer WordPress and Install theme without deleting the older One (Recommended)

If you prefer the first way, just delete the older version of WordPress Theme and install the newer version from WordPress Themes page. But it is not recommended.

In the second way, you have to rename the newer updated WordPress Theme folder. For example, let’s take our BresponZive_Pro WordPress Theme.

  • Download the Theme package and extract the BresponZive_pro.zip file.
  • Now Open the BresponZive_pro.zip file and rename the BresponZive_pro folder like BresponZive_Pro_newRename-WordPress-theme-folder
  • Upload this new WordPress theme from your WordPress Admin Themes page.

That’s it. Now you have updated your WordPress Theme to newer version.

How to Update a Theme, Even If It is Customized by You

You can do this by installing Child Theme. Just do your customisation in child theme to update the Parent theme without losing any manual customisation.