How Do I Update My Theme

Total comes with the ability to update via 3 different methods. You can verify your theme license code and get update notifications in your dashboard, use the Envato Market Plugin which will also provide updates via your dashboard 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 Total theme makes use of new functions provided in WordPress to keep things optimized and up to date.

Option 1: Verified License Updates (Total 4.5+)

The easiest and best way to update your theme is to verify your theme via the Theme License panel in your WordPress dashsboard. Once verified you will receive notifications in your dashboard whenever an update is available for download. This feature was introduced in Total version 4.5 so if you are currently using an older version please use one of the other methods mentioned below.

Locate Your License:

You can find your license by simply clicking on the “Support” Tab on the Total ThemeForest item page which you can access here. At the bottom you should see a list of all your purchase codes. You can also log into our Support site where you can view and manage all your licenses.

Input Your License:

Now that you have found your license simply copy and paste it into the field located in your WordPress dashboard under Theme Panel > Theme License

Option 2: 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!

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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 “Total” 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.

After Updating…

After you are done updating your theme please also perform the following steps:

1. Clear your Site & Browser Cache

AFTER you update your theme you must clear all site and browser cache to prevent errors (this should be done when updating ANY theme or plugin). So, before getting into how to update your theme it’s really important you understand how to clear your cache. Please read or bookmark the links below so you know how to do this after updating.

  1. Clear site cache
  2. Clear browser cache

2. Updating Visual Composer

AFTER you update your theme please make sure to update your visual composer as well following the guide for updating the theme’s recommended plugins. If you update the theme and not the Visual Composer you may run into issues.