How to upgrade from Free to Pro theme?

You are reading this because you have either purchased a pro theme after using one of our free themes or inquiring about the process to upgrade from free to pro. In either case, thank you for choosing ThemeinWP!

Before Upgrading:

Here are a couple of common questions we get from customers before upgrading:

I modified the code on the free version, what do I do?

There are a couple of different ways that you could have modified the code on the free theme. You could have made changes to the CSS on a stylesheet or edited one of the PHP files to differ from the original theme. If you modified any of the styling or PHP, make sure that the modifications are on a child theme and not on the parent theme.

If you need help making and implementing a child theme, consider our Premium WordPress theme installation service.

What will happen to my existing content?

WordPress handles the actual content of your website via your MySQL database. Luckily, our theme installs do not impact the database, they merely impact the modifications that may have been made to CSS or PHP, outlined above. Do not worry about losing your images, data, posts, or page content when upgrading our themes.

Retrieving the Pro Theme

Installing our themes is done in the same fashion as the typical install of any other theme. Once you have purchased your theme, we will email you a purchase receipt with the theme download link as well.

Note:Can’t find the email? Check your “Spam” folder to see if the email found its way there. Additionally, you can log in on using your created email and password (if you did this on purchase of the theme) to view and re-download your theme and invoice.

Installing the theme

1. The Simple, No Brainer, Piece of Cake Way:

Upload the provided file via the the WordPress Admin Panel. To do so, go to “Appearance” > “Themes” in the menu, then select the “Install Themes” tab at the top of the page. Once you are at this page, select “Upload,” then “Choose File” to locate the .zip folder on your computer. After doing so, select “Install Now.

If you are you having trouble installing your themes from above method or getting an error? It is very possible that your WordPress install may be restricted to prevent the installation of new themes from the WordPress back-end. If you are getting errors, you may need to install the theme via FTP as explained below.

2. The Roll Up Your Sleeves and Use a Little Elbow Grease Method:

Uncompress the provided file and upload the template contents to the /wp-content/ themes/ directory of your WordPress installation via your chosen FTP client.

Neither method has an advantage over the other, it is simply a matter of preference.

Is this still not working? Create a support ticket and provide us below details:

– Link to your site
– WordPress Admin username / password
– FTP credentials