Manual Update Process

WordPress has a built-in feature to install themes and plugins by supplying a zip file. Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade a theme or plugin manually if it already exists. Instead, WordPress will say “destination already exists” when trying to upgrade using a zip file and will fail to upgrade the theme or plugin.

Solution:

Manual update process can be done well easy now, with the use of  Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin. First install and activate this plugin, then follow the below steps upon your need of theme or plugin update.

How do I upgrade a plugin?

  1. Download the latest zip file for your plugin.
  2. Log into your WordPress site.
  3. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  4. Click the “Upload Plugin” button at the top of the page.
  5. Select the zip file with the new plugin version to install.
  6. Click the “Install Now” button.

How do I upgrade a theme?

  1. Download the latest zip file for your theme.
  2. Log into your WordPress site.
  3. Go to Appearance > Themes.
  4. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page.
  5. Click the “Upload Theme” button at the top of the page.
  6. Select the zip file with the new theme version to install.
  7. Click the “Install Now” button.