Tutorial: How To Update Your WordPress Theme

If you are new to WordPress, make sure to read our introduction to WordPress themes. This comprehensive article explains what themes are and how using themes can be cost-effective and time-saving for website owners. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to easily update a WordPress theme with just a few clicks inside the admin area. Updating Themes – Best Practices Checklist We recommend going through the checklist below before going through the upgrade process. 1. Back Up Everything Backing up your website before making any changes to your site is vital. This way, if things don’t go as planned, you can always restore your site to its previous settings. If you don’t want to perform manual backups, there are a number of plugins you can use. I tend to use Duplicator for my own purpose. 2. Check The Changelog Changes made to the WordPress software can affect the functionality of certain themes. Depending on the theme you are using, there may be a changelog file included with an update which provides an overview of any new features, improvements, security fixes or important changes in the new theme version. If the changes seem irrelevant or unimportant, you can skip the update. Otherwise, it’s best to update. 3. Test The Theme If you can, it’s a good idea to check the theme before installing it on your site. Typically, web service providers will set up a test site where they …

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