Update WordPress Theme Manually Without Losing Customization.
September 8th, 2016 | by Ravi Chahar || 6 Comments |
Have you customized your WordPress theme and a new update is there? You can update WordPress theme manually using the FTP. Most of the web designers try their best to customize a theme for their blog and then a new update comes in the market.
During such situation, they need to update WordPress theme manually without losing customization. I mean who want to lose the whole design just for an update?
So here I am with the solution. You would be able to update the theme and still with all the same design. Though, you have to do a little bit of work but still, it would be worthy.
How To Update WordPress Theme Keeping All Your Design As It Is?
Many people ask that if you have worked so hard to design your theme then why would you update it to its latest version? You may lose the customization.
Well, they should know that they can update WordPress theme manually using the FTP server with Filezilla or any other too.
We recommend Filezilla because its free and easy to use. Before starting the process, you should backup WordPress theme.
There are a few steps to follow and within a few minutes, you will have an updated version of the WordPress theme on your website.
Step 1:- Download the WordPress theme from the “wp-content/themes” folder to your computer. You can use the cPanel or the FTP to download the theme.
Step 2:- Download the latest version of the theme from the theme’s website. You will have to extract the zip file of both the themes to your local computer.
Now if you remember the changes you have made in your theme then you can do the same in the file of your new theme. But it’s not possible to remember all the changes.
So you have to compare the files of both the WordPress themes.
Step 3:- Now download and install the file comparing software called “WinMerge” which would help you to compare the files of your current theme and the latest version of the theme.
Step 4:- Open the software and click on the files>>open and a box will appear to you. From which there will be two fields to choose the location of both the files you want to compare.
For the “left” option, you can choose the file for the customized theme and for the “right” option, choose the latest version of the theme.
If you have the subfolders in the file then choose the “Include Subfolders” option otherwise no need. Click on the “Ok” button.
Step 5:- You will notice that in front of the files, a comparison result will be showing both for the identical files and different files. You have to check the different files just by opening the files.
Step 6:- The files for both the themes will open on the left and the right side. You can know the changes you have made in your old theme and copy and paste the code from left side to the right side.
It is dependent on in which side you have opened the latest version of the theme.
Step 7:- After doing the changes, you can save the files. Just go to files>>save left/save right. Save the file of the updated version. Do it for all the different files.
Step 8:- After all the copy and pasting process, you will a get an updated version with all the old customization. Create a zip file and upload it to the “wp-content/themes/” folder.
Congratulations, you are running the latest version of the WordPress theme with the same design of your website. People fret to update WordPress Theme manually but they should know this is the best way to update a theme without losing customization.
Are You Too Afraid To Update WordPress Theme Manually using FTP?
It’s always good to get the results you want. We all want to see the well-designed website with the latest version of WordPress theme. It’s always recommended to update WordPress, plugins, and themes.
As I have mentioned above, you can update WordPress theme manually within no time. Just follow the steps and a new version of the theme will be running on your website. If you still face any problem then feel free to ask.