Manual comes with the ability to update automatically via 2 different methods or you can update manually. You can use the Envato Market Plugin or the Envato Toolkit plugin for automatic theme updates and notifications or you can update manually via FTP/SFTP. Please have a look below for instructions on each updating method.
Before Updating: Before updating your theme make sure WordPress is up to date. The Manual theme makes use of all new functions provided in WordPress to keep things optimized and up to date.
Option 1: Automatic Updates via The Envato Market Plugin
Envato released a plugin called Envato Market which can be used to manage all your themes and plugins purchased from ThemeForest and Codecanyon via your WordPress dashboard. This project is in beta and it is a little bit more complicated to setup but if you want to give it a try you can!
Option 2: Automatic Updates Via Envato Toolkit
The Envato Toolkit is a great plugin created by Envato so you can update any ThemeForest theme right via your WordPress dashboard. You can have a look at the full guide below to see how this plugin is used.
Option 3: Manual Updates Via FTP/SFTP Override
Of course you can always update by simply overriding all files via FTP or SFTP.
- Step 1: Download the “installable theme” from ThemeForest
- Step 2: Access your server via FTP or SFTP (if you aren’t sure how usually your webhost will have instructions somewhere on their site)
- Step 3: Browse to wp-content/themes/
- Step 4: Delete and override the “manual” folder files with the new ones downloaded in step 1.
Important: Sometimes files are deleted inside the Theme so make sure that your program is deleting all files and uploading the new ones when it overrides instead of simply “updating newer files”. It can cause issues if you have files on your server inside the theme that are no longer used in the theme itself.