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How To Update Your WordPress Blog Theme Without Any Hassles

From time to time there may be a need to update your WordPress blog theme. I just found out that there was a major update to my WordPress theme. When I read the instructions on how to update my blog theme, my heart sank.

I could either delete the old version of the WordPress theme, then install the new version and lose some of the information (including options) I input into the theme. Or, I would have to put my “techie” hat on and do all kinds of maneuvers which, even with the magic hat would take me some time to figure out.

As you know me by now, I always try to find easier solutions than piddling with technicalities (as I am not a techie geek). With a little bit of research I got what I wanted. A fabulous plugin called “Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades” that does it all in less than 30 seconds. The plugin will ensure that you will retain all the options you have modified. As well, your theme will retain all your custom CSS (if your theme allows you to do add custom CSS).

Unfortunately, you will lose all information you might have added to your theme CSS through the Editor. Most people do not even touch this section of their theme, but let me give you an example of what I mean.

On this site, below the navigation bar, you can see an advertisement in a form of a banner and below that an adsense link ad. Because I wanted these to show on all my pages, I added the codes to the appropriate sheets in the theme editor. I did not have them in the custom CSS. So after I updated my new theme, I lost that information, which is understandable.

Getting back to this wonderful plugin, it will also update plugins. This feature is especially important in case you have some robust plugin installed, that may lose some functionalities you had to set up prior to updating. This plugin will take care of that.

I know that some of you are opposed to adding new plugins to your blog. Well, so am I. So with this plugin, you can just install it when you need it and then uninstall it after you are done with it. Than, store the plugin information in your swipe file and when you need to update your WordPress theme again you will not have to panic. Just retrieve the plugin info and repeat the process.

How To Update Your WordPress Blog With “Easy Theme And Plugin Upgrades” Plugin

  1. In your dashboard click on plugins
  2. Select Install Plugins Tab
  3. In Search enter Easy Theme And Plugin Upgrades
  4. When you find it (will appear first on the list) click install and then activate
  5. In the appearance dashboard click on Install Themes
  6. Click on Upload
  7. Browse to find the theme file (usually zipped) and click install
  8. On the page that will appear, you will be asked if you want to  “Upgrade existing theme?”. Click YES
  9. After you click YES, click on the “Install Now” button

After the installation, unless you made some changes to CSS in the theme Editor, everything will be the same.

Note! Before you upgrade your theme, if you have any added information in CSS copy it to notepad and then you can place it back to the same spot after the upgrade. As well, just in case, make sure to copy your logo input info and any advertisement you might have placed into the header via your theme’s options. (If you forget, don’t panic because the plugin will make a backup, but it would be a pain to retrieve it.)

I had to figure out how to update my WordPress blog theme. It took me some time to figure it out. But then I found a way to update my theme without any hassles and without any fiddling with the technical aspects of the theme.I must have spent a couple of frustrating hours before I found a solution. By writing this post I hope, that I am able to save some of you the same frustration when the time will come.

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0 Responses to How To Update Your WordPress Blog Theme Without Any Hassles

  1. Lost Kulübü December 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    We love Blogger <3

    Your article is so useful for the WordPress users! But I'm not using WP.

    I think, Blogger is better than WP…
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    • Dita Irvine December 8, 2013 at 1:34 am #

      Hi Lost K,

      Blogger has its place in the bloggosphere but unfortunately it has its limitations as I discussed in the articles related to paltforms. Perhaps you are mistaking wp platform that I am using with platform which like Blogger is not self hosted, so in other words you do not have the ultimate control over your blog.

      But on the other hand, from time to time I do see amazing Blogger blogs. You have to choose whatever you are happy and comfortable with.

  2. Dipra Sen November 23, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Very informative post. I know the hassle to update customized theme. Now, I use Genesis and updates only the child theme. So, any changes in Genesis do not affect my blog.

  3. Ravi chopra November 16, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Thank you thank you thank you for posting this!!!!!

    I was struggling with this and thought, someone has to have done this before. I am so grateful to have been able to learn quickly through your experience.

  4. Shiv Saroya November 14, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Its a another great step by step guide to update a WordPress theme, nice informative and helpful article. thanks for sharing with us. good job.
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