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Effortless Manual Updates: Keeping Your Website Files Current

Part-One: Manually Updating Your Files | Part-Two: How to Request File Updates

Let’s address a common misconception—manual updates need not be daunting or complex. In fact, the manual update process is straightforward and hassle-free. At Theme Canal, we prioritize this method, as we do not offer automatic updates. In this guide, we will walk you through the simple steps of implementing manual file updates for a page on your website.

Before You Begin

Before we delve into the straightforward manual update process, here are some optional best practices to consider:

  1. Back Up Your Site: Though it’s not obligatory, taking a moment to back up your website is always a wise move. This extra step provides peace of mind, ensuring your data remains safe in the event of unexpected issues.
  2. Consider Staging: For major updates, particularly on business-critical websites, consider testing the update on a staging site first. This allows you to identify and address any potential issues before implementing changes on your live site.
  3. Utilize InstaWP: For streamlining the manual update process, Theme Canal recommends using InstaWP‘s free tier. You can find this tool on the pricing page, slightly below the pricing table. InstaWP simplifies manual updates and minimizes complications.

Now, let’s get started and explore the step-by-step process of effortlessly implementing manual file updates:

1. Download the Updated Version

  • Access your Account Downloads area or the product page itself if you’re a Pro member.
  • Keep in mind that some files may be in zipped packages, so ensure you extract the contents after downloading.

2. Install the Updated Version Manually

  • Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  • Navigate to the Plugins page.
  • At the top of the page, select “Add New.”
  • On the next page, click “Upload Plugin.”
  • Then, click “Choose File” and select the zip file you downloaded.
  • Finally, click “Install Now.”

3. Confirm the New Version

Upon initiating the manual update process, you’ll encounter a page that states, “This plugin is already installed.” This page will display the current version and the new version that you’re about to update to, ensuring you’re making the correct update.

4. Apply the New Version Manually

  • After confirming the new version, click “Replace Current with Uploaded.”
  • The new version will seamlessly replace the old one and will auto-activate.
  • Congratulations, you’re all set! Your plugin is now up-to-date through the straightforward manual update process.

One of the significant advantages of this method is that you don’t need to worry about redoing any setup or losing any data. Your website will continue to function smoothly with the updated plugin, ensuring a seamless user experience.

By following these steps, you can keep your website in excellent shape, benefiting from the latest features, security enhancements, and bug fixes without the stress of complicated updates. Remember to regularly check for updates to maintain the health and performance of your website.

How to: Request File Updates – A Valuable Feature

At Theme Canal, we recognize the significance of maintaining our ever-expanding catalog of files, ensuring they remain up-to-date. We understand that this endeavor has sometimes posed challenges, occasionally leading to a less-than-ideal customer experience. Rest assured, we are fully committed to enhancing this aspect of our service.

To address this issue and enhance your experience, we are delighted to introduce a new feature: the “Request Update ↺” button, now available on all our products!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Submit Your Request: With a simple click of the “Request Update ↺” button, your request will be swiftly added to our queue.
  2. Confirmation Email: You will promptly receive a confirmation email confirming that we have successfully received your request.
  3. Update Notifications: Once we have successfully updated the file to the latest version and it becomes available, you may receive an additional notification informing you of the update.
    • Please note that in cases of high request volumes, we may not respond individually. We encourage you to check our Latest Updates regularly for the latest information.
  4. Retrieve Your Updated File: At this point, you can conveniently redownload the updated file from your Account Downloads area. Pro Members also have the option to access it directly from the product page itself, ensuring a seamless and efficient process.

This enhancement has been thoughtfully designed to expedite the delivery of essential updates to you, our cherished customers. Your feedback and requests are of immense value to us, and this new feature ensures that you receive the updates you need promptly.

We deeply appreciate your understanding and collaboration as we work tirelessly to improve your experience and deliver the best service possible. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your satisfaction remains our utmost priority.

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