Reply to Greg McVerry on changing themes from GitHub

Replied to a post by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (INTERTEXTrEVOLUTION)
Just updated @dshanske 2016-IndieWeb theme, didn’t use GitHub plugin, will be too hard for students, instead it was backup, switch themes, go into file manager>wpcontent>themes and delete, then reupload, activate. If you want autoupdates use SemPress but it wasn’t bad

Might be easier for them to do it through the admin ui located at /wp-admin/themes.php

  1. Change temporarily to another theme
  2. Delete old version of theme by clicking on it and then clicking on delete in the bottom right corner of the pop-up/modal
  3. Click Add New button at top
  4. Click Upload Theme button
  5. Select and upload the .zip file they downloaded from GitHub (or other location)
  6. Activate the updated theme

Fortunately needing to update themes doesn’t happen often. If you’re using a GitHub theme then be sure to “watch” the repository on GitHub and enable email notifications for it so that you’ll see any future updates, issues, or ongoing work to know about needing to update in the future.

Hint: this workflow could also be used to upload the theme from an external source in the first place.

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