We aim to keep our themes updated as bugs are discovered and fixed or as changes are introduced within the WordPress core files. To be notified about any updates to our themes in your WordPress dashboard, you can download and install our GPP Theme Updates plugin. Once an update is released, a notice will appear on your Appearance > Themes page, allowing you to update the theme directly from your dashboard.
You can also update your theme manually by replacing the existing theme folder with the new version. Delete and replace rather than overwrite the original theme folder either from your dashboard, or by accessing your site via FTP. If you would like more information, read Installing Your Theme.
Please note: Deleting your existing theme folder will also delete any customizations you have made to your theme files. If you have customized your theme files, you will need to re-apply these changes. There is no way around this. You will need to update both themes (parent theme & child theme), then check that your theme options settings are still correct.
Create a Child Theme to Keep Your Customizations Separate
We recommend creating a child theme, which lets you use the parent theme for most of your design and functionality, but lets you customize it the way you like it. Because a child theme is separate from the parent, you will not lose anything if you update the parent theme.
For more information about creating a child theme, read How to Create Child Themes for Our Modularity theme or How to Create a Child Theme for The Base Theme.
Please note: You cannot make a child theme of a child theme (a grandchild theme). If you choose to customize one of our child themes (i.e., Emporia, Sidewinder, High Def, F8, etc.), you will need to duplicate the child theme folder and use that new folder as your child theme. This means that you will no longer be using the original child theme, and if there are any updates to this theme, you will need to update your new child theme manually.