How to manually update to the latest version
One of the most important things that you should do before updating to the latest version is to make a full backup to your website, to make sure that nothing will deteriorate.
📝 Note: You can use the UpdraftPlus plugin to ensure the backup of your website.
In this article we will present you two methods to manually update to the latest version:
💡Using the embedded option
Navigate to Dashboard > Updates.
There you will see the current version of WordPress (1), the status of the plugins (2), and the status of the themes (3):
In this case, the Neve theme is not up to date. To update it, select the theme and click on Update Themes.
📝 Note: It's the same process for both themes and plugins.
📥Replace and Upload
If you already have the plugin / theme installed and you want the newest version, you can easily update to the latest version:
Go to the Plugins ( for plugin replacement ) or to Appearance > Themes ( for theme update ) and check what's the latest version you have.
Then, navigate to Add New ( in any of the cases ) and search the desired plugin / theme.
After clicking on the install button, you will be redirected to a page that asks you if you want to replace the current version with the one installed.
Click on Replace current with uploaded and that's it!
📡Using the FileZilla
If you do not have an FTP client then please download and install FileZilla, then contact your web host for the FTP details for your website.
📝Note: If you're using Filezilla, please make sure to check transfer type ( binary ).
After you have Filezilla installed, download the theme/plugin and unzip it.
Overwrite the existing theme files through FTP by navigating to the WordPress installation directory usually inside public_html/wp-content/plugins/ ( for plugins ) or if it's a theme public_html/wp-content/themes/ ( for themes ). Your full path might be a bit different but you will always find the themes in wp-content/themes/ and the plugins in wp-content/plugins.
Simply copy all files from the previously extracted theme/plugin zip file and drag it over to the theme/plugin folder on your server and select "overwrite" when FileZilla prompts what to do.