I developed a theme for my site.

When I make changes, I simply change the version number from 1.0 to 1.2, etc. I zip the files inside a folder called tamaltheme and upload using the theme uploader. This message pops up:

Unpacking the package…

Installing the theme…

Destination folder already exists. ...public/wp-content/themes/tamaltheme/

When I don't put them in a folder and upload them, then the theme uploads, but this time it acts as a new theme.

Where am I going wrong?

1 Answer 1


If you want to replace your theme through WordPress I guess you first need remove the older version. That's what WordPress does when updating a theme or plugin from the theme and plugin directories.

I however would suggest to update it through FTP or SFTP (e.g. FileZilla). You only need to update the files you changed. It's as easy as drag and drop.

  • I want to achieve this feature described on this page: wordpress.org/plugins/easy-theme-and-plugin-upgrades where it says upgrade. Oct 17, 2015 at 4:53
  • Oops! I did not realized that it was a plugin and not the wordpress's native behavior. It would be good to have this feature in WP built in. Oct 17, 2015 at 4:56
  • :) Things that most people do not need are not included. That's what plugins are for. It has many active installs and a good rating, so I guess you could give it a try. GL with it!
    – Axel
    Oct 17, 2015 at 4:58

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