Are you trying to update Soledad to the latest version using the Appearance menu but encountering an error? Here’s another easy way to update Soledad to the latest version.
How to Update Soledad
A few days back I got a notification that the new version of the Soledad theme is available. When I tried to update the theme using the Appearance menu, I got the following error:
Update Failed: The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature
This error appears because of some issues with WP-Updates: http://wp-updates.com. It is an auto-update platform that Soledad uses for automatic updates. PanciDesign suggested another way to install the updates.
The process described here automatically creates a backup copy of the theme. However, I recommend that you create a copy of the existing version of the theme. Once the theme is updated, it will replace all theme files and you will lose the data you have added, for example, the code in the “header”. Therefore, before updating, carefully check your theme files and note down (and copy) the changes you had made to your theme files.
Note that updating Soledad will not affect your settings, posts, pages, and customizer data.
Download Soledad Theme
Click the Download button and then choose the All files & documentation from the popup menu. Next, save the file to your computer. Now, extract soledad.zip file from the downloaded file.
Install the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades Plugin
By default, WordPress allows you to install a plugin or theme using a zip file. However, this functionality is not available if you are trying to upgrade an already existing plugin or theme. If you try to do so, you will see an error: “destination already exists”. The Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin allows you to upgrade a plugin or theme even if it already exists.
Install the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin and activate it. This plugin does not affect the speed of your website. Once the theme is updated, you can go ahead and deactivate or delete it.
Update Soledad Theme
Once the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin is installed and active, it’s time to update Soledad. To do so, navigate to Appearance > Themes from the Dashboard and then click Add New followed by Upload Theme.
Now, select the soledad.zip file that you downloaded earlier by clicking the Choose File button. Next, click Install Now; the installation and update process will begin.
Once installed, you will get a message about the successful update. Also, you will get a link using which you can download the old theme version. Now, click Activate to make the theme active.
Congratulations, you have just updated the Soledad to the latest version. Now, go ahead and customize your theme files.
The Soledad theme comes with many plugins. You need to update those plugins in order to use all the features of the theme. To do so, navigate to Appearance > Install Plugins in the Dashboard.
Select all plugins (or the plugins that you use in your website) and then select Install from the Bulk Edit drop-down. Next, click Apply to install the plugins. Again, navigate to Appearance > Install Plugins and activate all the plugins. This time, select Activate from the Bulk Edit drop-down.
The Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin allows us to update Soledad with ease. You can use it to upgrade any theme or plugin using a .zip file. Remember – this is all it takes to painlessly upgrade the Soledad theme:
- Backup theme and note down the changes you made to your current version of the theme.
- Download the latest theme zip file.
- Install the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin.
- Upload the theme and activate it.
- Customize the theme.
- Install the associated theme plugins and then activate them.
- Deactivate and delete the Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades plugin.
If you get the following error when uploading the zip file, contact your host to increase the max upload file limit to 32MB or 64MB:
The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini.
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