As soon as a new update is available, you will receive a notification email from ThemeForest. Before updating Houzez, it’s wise to prepare everything carefully to prevent any loss of settings or customization you have made to your site. Below is our handy checklist we recommend you go through before attempting the theme update.

Best practice

  • Always check our update notes
  • Always backup the files and the database, in case something goes wrong with the server, use the backup to revert to the previous state.
  • Delete old copy of the theme inside WordPress themes folder
  • Reset the cache after you update

Update theme via FTP

  1. Place your site in maintenance mode, for this, you could use a plugin (ex. Ultimate Maintenance Mode, WP Maintenance Mode, … etc.)
  2. Go to “yoursite/wp-content/themes” folder location and backup your Houzez theme folder by saving it to your computer, or you can choose to simply delete it. Your content will not be lost but note that if you have modifications to the theme code they will be lost. You have to reapply them after the update is over.
  3. Connect to your FTP account using Filezilla.
  4. Inside Filezilla navigate to the WordPress theme directory “yoursite/wp-content/themes”.
  5. Retrieve the file from your recently ThemeForest download and extract the file to get the updated Houzez theme folder.
  6. Drag and drop the new Houzez theme folder into “yoursite/wp-content/themes” and overwrite the existing files.

Update the theme automatically

  1. Download the Envato WordPress toolkit from here:
  2. Upload and activate the Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin (.zip file that you downloaded).
  3. Get your new API key
  4. Go to Envato Toolkit Menu and add your ThemeForest Username and the API Key that you generated from your account in the required fields. Save your settings. If you have problems with the update check Skip Theme Backup check box.
  5. Update the theme.
  6. Choose Activate the theme.
  7. Update all plugins

Update the theme via WordPress

  1. Deactivate the current Houzez theme from the Appearance > Themes section
  2. Activating a different theme.
  3. Once you activate a different theme, delete the Houzez theme. Don’t worry, your content will not be lost.
  4. Get the “” file from your Themeforest download section (Installable WordPress file only). If you downloaded the “All Files & Documentation” from Themeforest, then you need to unzip the archive file you received, the will be inside it.
  5. Go to Appearance > Themes, choose Add New ThemeUpload the” and click on the “Install Now” button.
  6. After your upload is finished choose Activate the theme.
  7. Update all plugins

Update all plugins

When you update Houzez, you will receive a WordPress notification message letting you know to update the required and recommended plugins. Please follow the on-screen prompts to update as displayed in the image below.

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