How to Update a WordPress Theme Manually

Upgrading your wordpress theme to the latest version is highly recommended. You’ll get latest features and you’ll also be up-to-date with any security patches.

There are many ways to upgrade a wordpress themes. I’ll explane step by step in this post two ways: with a third plugin or via FTP.

Update a WordPress Theme with the plugin Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades

Step 1 – Install the Plugin

Go to Plugins>Add new


Search the plugin Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades and click on Install Now.

At the end you can click on Activate.

Step 2 – Upgrade your WordPress Theme

Go to Appearance>Themes>Add new>Upload Theme


Now you have to choose Yes from the select Upgrade existing theme?

Click on Install Now, then on Activate.

Update a WordPress Theme via FTP

Step 1 – Download and Install FileZilla

Go to the website https://filezilla-project.org/ and dowload the last version of FileZilla Client.

Install it.

Step 2 – FTP Account

Go to your Hosting Panel and find your FTP account. You need the username and the password.

Open FileZilla and click on File>Site Manager


Add the following details:

  • Host: usually is ftp.yourdomainname.com
  • Protocol: FTP or SFTP
  • Logon Type: Normal
  • User: your username
  • Password: your password

Click on Connect.


Now you have two boxes.

  • On the left you have your computer. Go to the folder with the last version of your wordpress theme. It should be unzipped.
  • On the right you can see your hosting space. Go to the folder “…/yourdomain.com/wp-content/themes”.

Now click with the right button of the mouse on the theme’s folder and click on Upload.

That’s it! Simple, right? Now you have your website updated.

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  2. Quick question – if you made any customization to the theme, will updating overwrite the changes made?

    1. Hello Karissa,
      I suggest to activate the child theme and add customizations to that theme. If you mean just options in the Customize Panel, you don’t overwrite them with the update.

      I hope that helps

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