How do I update the theme?

Update using FTP

Please note: make a backup of the theme prior to updating.

The theme is located in wp-content/themes/flatsome.

Go to  http://themeforest.net/downloads to download the latest version of the theme. The theme is located inside the downloaded zip in "Theme files" folder.Unzip the theme zip file (flatome.zip) into wp-content/themes/ folder. Make sure this folder is named "flatsome" (replace with old).

It seems scary but you really won’t loose any of your data. The only exception is if you have made edits to theme files like header.php, footer.php etc. These changes will need to made again to the new files. But all of your content and theme settings are preserved.

Update using Easy Theme Update plugin:

You may want to use a plugin to automate backing up your current theme and uploading the new version:  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-theme-and-plugin-upgrades/

Update using Envato Toolkit (Automatic Updates)

The Envato WordPress Toolkit enables you to access your Envato WordPress purchases from within your WordPress Dashboard. It allows you to not only install themes but also to receive update notifications and update automatically, just like regular WordPress themes.

The plugin is still being developed and improved, but it’s working and very beneficial. Following is a visual walk-through of doing a theme update.  The plugin download link is at the end.

Step 1

Generate an API Key, maybe one per domain you install it on.

Setup your Envato API Keys
Setup your Envato API Keys

Step 2

After installing and activating the plugin (read the  readme file for installation instructions), navigate to the Envato Toolkit wp-admin page.

View your themes to be updated
View your themes to be updated

Step 3

After clicking to auto-update, you’ll see the confirmation that everything worked correctly.

NOTE: Make sure you’re using a child theme to make customizations. This way, you’ll be able to make theme updates without worrying about losing your customizations. And if you’re getting a blank white screen instead of getting this far, check the box in the plugin settings to skip doing the theme backup. If you check the box, do the backups yourself before auto-updating.

The theme has been updated
The theme has been updated (but isn't Active because I'm using a child theme)

Step 4

Going back to the Envato Toolkit wp-admin page, the plugin lets me know that my theme is up-to-date.

ThemeForest auto updated theme
ThemeForest auto updated theme, no more updates to do

Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin

Download the  Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin. Just make sure to check back occasionally to look for new plugin updates.