Updating Visual Composer

Important: You MUST update your Visual Composer every time you update your Total theme. Other plugins don’t matter as much, but this is crucial for the Visual Composer. If your Visual Composer is outdated you will actually see a notice on the front-end instructing you to perform the update. This is to make sure your site doesn’t ‘break’.

Video Guide

Below is a video guide for updating the bundled plugins:

You can also follow the written guide below:

Step 1: Update Your Theme – VERY IMPORTANT!

Because of how licensing works with bundled plugins as explained in the docs here the Visual Composer updates are provided only when you update your theme. So the first step before updating your plugin is of course to make sure your theme is updated. View the theme changelog here. If you want to have automatic update notifications for the Visual Composer you will have to purchase the plugin and then follow these steps.

Step 2: Update The Plugin

Updating the Visual Composer plugin is very easy, simply go to Themes > Install plugins and check the items to update. Please see the video guide below for a visual demonstration:

Updating Via This Method Won’t Work (update package not unavailable)!

First try going to Appearance > Install Plugins, refreshing the page and trying again.

If that doesn’t work try disabling (or deleting) the plugin so it’s not active. This will ensure there aren’t any issues with the plugin’s auto update functions (shouldn’t be the case, but if you are having errors it’s worth testing). Once disabled try and re-run the auto update in the dashboard.

If you still getting an error message that the update package is not available, its probably just because your server permissions are set to strictly and you’ll need to alter your server settings or update the plugins via FTP. You can ALWAYS find the latest version of the plugin inside the theme at Total > Framework > Plugins > js_composer.zip

WPEngine Users: If you are getting the “update package not available” warning go to the WPEngine dashboard and click the button to reset your file permissions. This should fix things up.

What About “Automatic” Updates?

If you don’t understand why automatic updates aren’t included please read the licensing section on this documentation page.

To enable auto updates in the Visual Composer you will have to purchase the plugin then disabled the theme option as mentioned on this guide.