How do I update the Divi theme? It's simple, but if you get started with DiviIn this article, I explain how to activate automatic theme updates.
The programme for this article is as follows:
- How do I know if an update to the theme is available?
- Where can I get a Key Divi API?
- Enable automatic Divi theme updates
- How to update Divi manually via FTP
- The importance of updates
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1 - How do I know if an update to the theme is available?
When you go to the Appearance > Themes tab in your site's administration, you will see the covers of the WordPress themes that are installed there.
When an update is available, a notification banner is displayed on the image: "New version available
If it says "Update now is written (as in the image on the right), then simply click on this blue link and your theme will automatically update.
However, if it does not appear (as in the image on the left), you will need to enable updates using your Divi API key.
Did you know that you can test Divi for free? Go to this page and click on "TRY IT FOR FREE
2 - Where can I get a Divi API Key?
When you have purchased your Divi licenseIn order to access your Divi API Keys, whether annual or yearly, you have created an account on the Elegantthemes website. It is on this site that you have access to your Divi APIKeys.
- Go to your Member Area and enter your login details to log in to your ElegantThemes account.
- Select the Accounttab.
- Select the Your API Keytab.
- Generate a new key by clicking on Add New API Key.
- Copy the generated key.
Note: it is good practice to generate a new key for each new site. This way, your license will be independent of each site and you can deactivate certain keys when necessary. However, the ElegantThemes interface does not allow you to assign a name or title to each generated key. It is therefore advisable to enter them in a third-party document that you will keep on your computer.
3 - Enable automatic updates of the Divi theme
Now that you have your API key, you will connect it to your site to enable automatic updates.
- Go to the Divitab > Theme Options
- Go to the Updates tab
- Enter your username: the one you use to log in to your ElegantThemes account
- Paste the previously generated API key
Now when you go to the Appearance > Themes tab, the link to update Divi should appear. Just click on it to start the update.
4 - How do I update Divi via FTP?
For some reason, you might encounter problems such as not receiving update notifications when you have an old version of Divi, or you don't have a valid API Key etc.
In these cases, you can opt to update Divi manually via FTP.
To update a WordPress theme manually, you need to be able to access the files on your site. These files are stored on your web host, remotely. You will need to use FTP software (such as FileZilla for example) which will allow you to make a gateway between your computer and your server (host).
The idea is to retrieve a new version of the Divi theme locally (=on your computer) from your ElegantThemes account and send it to your site files (at the hosting company), thanks to Filezilla.
Once the FileZilla application has been installed on your computer, you can open it and connect to your server using the FTP IDENTIFIERS that the server provided to you when you subscribed to your hosting.
If you can't find them, contact your host and they will give them to you again.
These credentials should be entered into the Host, Username and Password fields at the top of the FileZilla screen.
Once you have connected to your server, you can simply browse through your site's files to reach the folder containing the WordPress themes.
Use the window on the right named Remote Site (framed in green on the screenshot) and double-click on WWW then on WP CONTENT and finally on THEMES. The double-clicks allow you to open the folders.
Depending on your host, the WWW folder may be named differently (like PUBLIC_HTML for o2Switch for example).
Once the themes folder is open on the Remote Site side, you can simply drag and drop the new Divi theme from your computer.
Note: this procedure is the same as for install the Divi theme manually.
This will be in the left-hand window named Local Site (purple box on the picture). You can also drag and drop directly from your desktop to the Remote Site.
At this point, FileZilla will send you a message telling you that a folder with the same name already exists and offering to replace it.
Warning: the Divi theme folder you send must be unzipped!
5 - The importance of updates
Updating your WordPress themes and plugins is essential for the security of your site.
Not only should you update WordPress as soon as a new version is available, but you should keep your entire environment up to date: even plugins and themes that are not activated!
It is even advisable to delete plugins and themes that are not active and that you no longer intend to activate. A security breach can affect a site even if the plugin is not activated.
If you find it too much of a hassle to connect to the backoffice every day, then you may want to install a plugin that will automatically update your environment, such as Easy Update Manager.
Need more resources on Divi? Visit the ElegantThemes blog which is full of ideas and tutorials!