WordPress: How to update your theme

You can check your theme version by going to the Appearance > Themes section of your dashboard. Click on the theme in this page and it will display the version number, and also say if there is an update available.

It is important to keep your theme and plugins updated to the latest version. This will mean that any new features and bugfixes are applied to your site.

To check for a theme update, you should go to Appearance > Themes in your dashboard. If a theme update us available, it will look like the below example:

theme-update

To complete the update, simply click “Update now”.

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11 Comments

  1. Sam

    Hi πŸ™‚ I’ve edited the theme files, as well as WP files, so I assume these changes would get lost if I update the theme. I’m also not very familiar with child themes and I’m finding the guide on WordPress a bit technical. I found a One-Click Child Theme plugin. Would this be the best way to go about creating a child theme?

    Thanks!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Sam! That’s correct, if you’ve edited the theme files (php/css) then those changes will be lost if you update it. The same will happen if you update WordPress (which can happen automatically) and have edited the core files.

      We have some premade child themes available at the bottom of this page. I’d recommend installing the applicable one, however this will not carry over any settings you’ve changed in the Customizer. To fix that, you can export your Customizer settings using this plugin. After activating the new child theme, you can then import the settings from the previous theme, and import them into the child theme.

      1. Sam

        Hi Phil, thanks for your response. It turns out I didn’t edit the theme files, my mistake! Although I did add CSS in the Customizer and made other several changes in there. I’ve also added CSS to plugins and made changes to them, as well as edited ads.txt in my WP files.

        Would these changes be lost if I updated the theme?

        Thanks.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Ah ok, no problem! In that case you can safely update without losing those changes. You don’t need to use a child theme for that πŸ™‚

  2. Shelle Pourmanafzadehardabili

    Hi! I am considering purchasing one of your themes that one of my clients really likes (Equinox). Can you let me know if you are still updating this theme when WordPress updates and when the last update was?

    Thanks!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Shelle, thanks for getting in touch. I can confirm that we update all of our themes regularly to stay compatible with WordPress updates or add new features πŸ™‚

  3. Morenike

    Hi there! I have an update to the Opulence theme that I have not installed yet, above it says this- The following themes have new versions available. Check the ones you want to update and then click β€œUpdate Themes”. Please Note: Any customizations you have made to theme files will be lost. Please consider using child themes for modifications”
    I have made modifications/customizations to the current version of my theme. Do I need to create a child theme? If so, I am not tech savvy at all, how do I create a child theme without losing all my changes? Thank you very much!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Morenike, how did you edit the theme to make the changes/customizations? If you haven’t edited any of the theme files, you can update safely and won’t lost any of your settings/customizations etc.

      1. Morenike

        Hi there! I customized the appearance of my blog: my menu format, title headings, changed fonts and such. I also downloaded yoast seo and customized it’s setting by enabling and unenabled certain functions and settings. These are the sort of changes I did to my blog.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Thanks for confirming. So long as you changed the colors/fonts etc within the Customizer you can safely update and you won’t lose any customizations πŸ™‚

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