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How do I update my theme through FTP (6 posts)

  1. cvcasalena
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have a theme (green Earth) that needs updating. How do I add the files to my FTP content - which files do I move over without erasing all the work done to date?

  2. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I do not see "Green Earth" in the WordPress themes supported here, so you might need to talk with your theme's author/s. But overall, one of the purposes of a Child Theme is to not have to be concerned about "erasing all the work done to date" when updating a theme. So, it sounds to me like you need to copy what you have into a working Child Theme, then update what you have there at the moment (that will then become your Parent Theme).

  3. cvcasalena
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    thanks for the input - much appreciated. I just thought there might be a way to download the updated theme to my computer, then FTP to my live site the updated theme - just unsure which of the files contain the 'updated theme fixes' and which contain 'all the work done to date'.

  4. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    just unsure which of the files contain the 'updated theme fixes' and which contain 'all the work done to date'.

    One thing you could try would be to download the updated version, then use Notepad++ to compare files one-at-a-time and add to the files at your site any differences that are not of your own doing. Just be sure to first download a backup of what you already have so you can always get back to there if something goes wrong.

  5. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    For comparing two files, you may be better using a service like DiffChecker.

  6. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Unless you have modified theme files (i.e. .php or .css), your work should not be affected by an update. BUT, always make a full backup of your site and database before updating. And contact your theme vendor/developer with any questions about the update:
    http://themeforest.net/item/green-earth-environmental-wordpress-theme/2473309

    We don't support commercial themes here.

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