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  • ConduciveMammal

    (@conducivemammal)


    Hello,
    I’ve recently started creating WordPress websites and themes for clients. And I’d like to know how I can update the theme whenever necessary and have it appear on their dashboard as “Theme update available”.

    I found a plugin called Auto Updater – AutoHosted.com, but this is $45. Is there a free alternative?

    Regards,
    Liam.

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  • Dylan

    (@trecoolz)

    Hello.

    I’m assuming you have already gone through the review process for the theme? Currently there is only one way I’m aware of and that’s resubmitting a new version of your theme through the directory uploader. Make sure you change the version numbers in the CSS header. Someoneone from WPTRT will do a bulk push of all theme updates.

    I hope this helps!

    Kind Regards,

    Dylan

    ConduciveMammal

    (@conducivemammal)

    Ohh so it has to be a publicly available theme for such an update process? Hmm bother, that won’t be of much use then.

    Do you know of a way for me to update their themes/websites without them losing any changes of their own?

    Thanks a lot,
    Liam.

    Dylan

    (@trecoolz)

    Hi Liam,

    Yes this is the case theme updates are handled by the wordpress.org directory and public theme are updated in this way. As for your second question you could develop their bespoke changes using a child theme of your main theme. This allows the bulk of the functionality to remain in the parent theme with tweaks being done in the child theme.

    You can read more about it here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes.

    Hope this answers your question – Don’t forget to mark the thread as resolved!

    Kind Regards,

    Dylan

    There is a commercial service available at http://wp-updates.com. They do one theme’s updates for free.

    I do themes for non-profits for free, so I want to avoid paying this fee. But I know private themes can provide the notifications.

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