Today I received a notice in my WordPress Control Panel (cPanel) that I needed to update several of my themes. I often test themes, so I may have 20 or more themes on a specific site to play with and manipulate for use with my clients as needed.
So today when I received the notice to update every Elegant Theme I was using I attempted to update them from the WordPress cPanel like you would any other update. Unfortunately this was not working and I was unable to update the themes via the cPanel.
How to update your Elegant Themes
Now I’m sure all seasoned WordPress users know how to correct this issue but for those of us who are new to WordPress this is what you need to do:
- Delete all previous versions of Elegant Themes from your computer
- Log into the Elegant Themes website and download the newest versions of all the themes you are using
- Remember to unzip the files you need to replace on your WordPress site
- Using an FTP program delete all unused WordPress Themes on all of your blogs (I use FileZilla)
- Leave the Theme you have active alone we will fix that in a second
- Back up your blog!!!!!!
- Using an FTP program, upload the newest version of the Elegant Theme you have active on each of your blogs
- Be sure to change your FTP settings to overwrite the old files.
- Now you are all done… check your website to ensure it is running properly
Why you should NOT ignore this update
It is important to delete all the old Elegant Themes on your website as well as on your computer for security reasons. Often updates are done to improve the usability of a theme… this time though, there was also an issue with WordPress Websites being hacked via a timthumb.php file included in most of the Elegant Themes. This file renders your website vulnerable even if it isn’t being used. This means that even themes you are not using and are inactive, could still pose a threat to your WordPress site.
It may also help to read what Elegant Themes has to say about this timthump.php issue as well as their security update. Elegant Themes were not the only Themes affected by this timthumb.php issue. You should do a thorough search of all your websites for this timthumb.php file. Most people have just renamed the file “thumbs.php”. I decided it was best to just delete all inactive themes until I had time to update them all with the most recent updated file.
I hope this helps any of you wondering why you couldn’t update your theme. I also hope this helps you understand why you can’t afford to ignore any of your Elegant Theme Updates.Aries – Graphic Design & Internet Marketing / AriesGDIM Tami Highbaugh-Abdullah Creative Marketing Director 317.345.4182 Tami@ariesgdim.com AriesGDIM.com / AriesGraphicDesign.com @ariesgdim – Twitter Google+ AriesGDIM
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