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How to update your theme

Occasionally we'll release theme updates which may include bug fixes or even additional features. You may receive an email notification that an update is ready to install. If you're interested in knowing what exactly the update includes/remedies, you're welcome to reference your theme's item page on ThemeForest where we'll add a "changelog" noting each update point. 

FIND YOUR SOLO PINE THEME ITEM PAGE HERE

Below, we'll go over 2 different methods of updating your theme-- via plugin or manually.  
*The Oleander theme must be updated via the "Manual" method. 

Please read through the following instructions carefully and let us know via a support ticket if you have any questions! 



IMPORTANT ITEMS TO NOTE PRIOR TO UPDATING

BACKUP YOUR DATABASE: By default, WordPress should save your content to your database. This is why your content appears on whatever theme you have activated within your WP Dashboard. However, it's always a good idea to create a database backup before deleting a theme, just in case.

CHANGES IN THEME FILES: If you've modified any of the theme files yourself, you'll need to note these changes prior to updating in order to re-implement them once you've installed the latest version of the theme.
The update will replace your previous version's theme files with new ones. 

Any Custom CSS additions placed within your Custom CSS box should remain safe and sound. 




METHOD 1: ENVATO MARKET PLUGIN

Note: This option will not work with our Oleander theme.

The Envato Market Plugin takes a moment to setup, however once connected to their API updating your theme via the WP Dashboard couldn't be easier!


Step 1. Download & install the Envato Market Plugin

  • Download the Envato Market Plugin
  • Log into your WP Dashboard and go to your "Plugins" screen
  • Click the "Add New" button
  • Click the "Upload Plugin" button
  • Find the "envato-market.zip" file on your computer
  • Install the file and then click the "Activate Plugin" button
  • Navigate to the "Envato Market" menu item

 Step 2. Connect to the Envato API

  • Under the "Activate Envato API Connection" heading, select the "clicking this link" hyperlink
  • Sign into the Envato account used to initially purchase your theme
  • Enter a "Token Name". It can be whatever you'd like. 
  • Scroll down and check the "Terms and Conditions" agreement box
  • Click the "Create Token" button
  • Copy the token they provide
  • Back on your "Envato Market" WP Dashboard screen, enter your token
  • Save changes

Step 3. Updating the theme

  • Navigate to WP Dashboard > Envato Market

If a theme update is available, a notification banner will appear over the theme image. Click the "Update Available" link to update your theme. 

Step 4. Updating bundled plugins

Our themes come with bundled plugins. If we've updated the plugin's code, you'll need to delete the plugin and then re-install it after updating your theme. This ensures the latest version of the plugin can be installed from your freshly-updated Solo Pine theme.

  • Navigate to WP Dashboard > Plugins
  • Look for the bundled Solo Pine plugin (it may be: Vafpress Post Formats UI, Solo Pine Meta Fields, [Theme name] Meta Fields, or Solo Pine Recipes)
  • Disable and then delete the Solo Pine plugin
  • A notification banner will appear at the top of your WordPress Dashboard prompting you to install this plugin. Click through the banner's link to re-install and re-activate the bundled plugins. 

You're all set!




METHOD 2: MANUALLY UPDATING THE THEME

Step 1. Download the updated theme

  • Log into your Envato account you used to initially purchase the theme
  • Navigate to your "Downloads" page and re-download your theme 

    ***If you purchased your theme from Creative Market, you can navigate to your "Purchases" page and download the theme again.

Step 2. Delete the outdated theme

  • On your WP Dashboard, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Themes
  • Activate any other theme. Just ensure that your Solo Pine theme isn't activated.
    *WP will not allow you to delete a theme that is currently activated.*
  • Click on the Solo Pine theme you want to update 
  • Click the little "Delete" link

Step 3. Install the updated theme

  • Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme
  • Select the theme's zip file from your computer and install

Remember! It's important to install the theme's ZIP file, and not the entire theme package you download from ThemeForest. Otherwise you will receive a "missing 'style.css' file" error message. For a refresher on how to install a theme correctly, reference your theme's "Getting Started" article here: Solo Pine Tutorials & FAQ Articles

Step 4. Updating bundled plugins

Our themes come with bundled plugins. If we've updated the plugin's code, you'll need to delete the plugin and then re-install it after updating your theme. This ensures the latest version of the plugin can be installed from your freshly-updated Solo Pine theme.

  • Navigate to WP Dashboard > Plugins
  • Look for the bundled Solo Pine plugin (it may be: Vafpress Post Formats UISolo Pine Meta Fields[Theme name] Meta Fields, or Solo Pine Recipes)
  • Disable and then delete the Solo Pine plugin
  • A notification banner will appear at the top of your WordPress Dashboard prompting you to install this plugin. Click through the banner's link to re-install and re-activate the bundled plugins. 

You're all set!