How do I install an update to a RapidWeaver theme?

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Updating a RapidWeaver theme is actually a super simple task. To begin you’ll need the updated theme file. When a theme is updated we will email you a link to download the latest version of the theme. If you’ve not received that email you can always get the latest version of your theme by looking up your order via our Order Lookup page.

Once you’ve downloaded the latest version of your theme, updating is as easy as double-clicking the new theme file you received. RapidWeaver will take this new theme file and overwrite the old version of the theme with this new version.

Something to note though: Since the the old theme you had installed is being overwritten, any changes you may have made to the theme’s internal files (which is not something we encourage or support) will be permanently overwritten. So if you have made any changes internally you’ll want to make a backup copy of the theme before you install the new version. We highly encourage you to never make modifications to the internal workings of a theme. Any CSS or javascript modifications should be made inside RapidWeaver in the Page Inspector’s custom CSS and javascript field.

After RapidWeaver has installed and overwritten your old theme file you’ll need to quit and then restart the app to make sure things are all fresh and good to go.

Finally you just need to publish your site using the updated theme. If you use RapidWeaver Publish method, use the “Republish All Files” feature in the File menu of RapidWeaver. This will ensure that all of the theme files are updated on your server with the new theme files. If you manually export and upload your site via your own FTP software you’ll need to Export your site as you normally would and re-upload the entirety of your site to your server.

Still need help?

If you haven't done so already, be sure to have a look at the product page of the theme or stack for which seeking help. Each product page has tutorial videos that walk you through using that product's options.

The product pages also offer a vast wealth of information in the details section which often answers a lot of users' questions as well.