Updating Ken Theme and Child Theme

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The Ken WordPress theme is under active development, so you should always keep your website updated. There are several ways to update the theme and child theme.

In this article, we will explain two methods for updating the theme and child theme.

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Before the Update

  • Check the Release notes page.
  • Deactivate your caching plugins temporarily.
  • Backup your website. For more information, check out this article.

Updating Ken Theme via FTP

To start this update method, you’ll need have an FTP client like FileZilla where you can connect to your server using FTP credentials.

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Note: If you don’t know where to find your FTP login details, you’ll need to contact your hosting provider support to get this information.
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Log in to your ThemeForest account and go to Downloads (Dashboard > Downloads).

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Download the theme from there.

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Extract the downloaded .zip file into a folder.

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Use an FTP client (like FileZilla) to access your host web server.

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In the file browser, navigate to /wp-content/themes.

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Drag and drop the theme’s main folder into the directory.

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The FTP program will give a warning that there is an existing directory with the same name, Choose Replace All.

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Once done, check the theme version in the WordPress admin dashboard.


Updating the Theme via WordPress Dashboard

You can manually delete and install The Ken through the WordPress dashboard. Your settings and content will be safe since it is all stored in the theme’s database.

Deleting the outdated theme version

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From the WordPress left menu, go to Appearance > Themes.

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Activate one of the WordPress default themes temporarily.

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Click on the Ken Theme Details button.

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In the bottom right corner, click on the Delete button.

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Installing the Updated Theme Version

1
Download the theme again from ThemeForest.

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Extract the downloaded .zip file into a folder.

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From the WordPress left menu, go to Appearance > Themes.

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Click on the Add New Theme button.

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Click on the Upload Theme button.

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Click on Browse and select ken.zip, then click the Install Now button.

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Wait for the installation to complete.

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Once the theme has installed successfully, click on the Activate button.


Updating the Child Theme

If there is a child theme installed and activated on your website, there is no need to update it like the parent theme.

By checking the Release Notes you can see if the update has changed anything related to your customization in the child theme. If something has changed only an update to your custom code in the child theme will be required.

If you have any questions or experience any problems when updating Ken theme, you can contact our support help desk.

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