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Update the theme
We will periodically provide updates of your theme. These updates are essential if you want to have a bug-free website as we give new features and improvements to the theme over time. Some of these updates might be needed in order to make the theme compatible with newer versions of WordPress.
Note: There is no risk of losing your settings and pages when you update the theme. However, any modifications you have made to the core theme files will be lost, so you should back up those files before you update the theme.
Tip: After upgrading the theme, you can update extra plugins via Pearl > Plugins.
There are three ways of updating our WordPress themes to newer versions:
- Updating via the WordPress Admin Panel (using Dashboard > Updates)
- Update via the WordPress Admin Panel (using an extra plugin)
- Updating via FTP
The easiest way of updating the theme is via Dashboard > Updates. When an update is available for your theme, you will get a notification in your WordPress Dashboard and you can update your theme by clicking on Dashboard > Updates and updating the theme (just as you would update any other installed theme).
For this method, you should first install the Theme Upgrades Tool (http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-theme-and-plugin-upgrades/). This plugin will update your theme when you upload the pearl.zip file.
Once you have installed the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin:
- Download the theme file update from ThemeForest.
- Extract the pearl.zip file from the downloaded theme file.
- In the WordPress dashboard, click on Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme > Browse...
- Select the pearl.zip file that you extracted in step 2 and click on Install Now.
Another way of updating your theme is via FTP. Extract the contents of the pearl.zip file (which you will find inside the theme update file you have downloaded from Themeforest). The contents will be extracted to a folder called pearl\ and to subfolders within the pearl folder.
Tip: Make sure your unzipping software does not create any extra directory with the same name nested within the pearl\ folder.
Using an FTP program, upload the pearl\ folder (and its subfolders) to /wp-content/themes/ on your web server.
Note: The FTP program will give a warning that the pearl\ folder already exists. Choose Replace All.
Final Tip: Whichever method you use to update your theme, clear your browser cache after each update if you notice anything off. Old theme files can sometimes persist in your local cache and make you think something’s wrong.