I have full access to the wp-admin area of a remote WordPress site. I would prefer to work in this UI the whole time and not use FTP.

I have successfully imported my custom child theme for an existing parent theme, from within the wp-admin area.

My question - From the wp-admin area, can I simply re-upload the same child theme zip package every time I have new changes that needs to be applied to it? Is this a suitable practice? Or will this cause issues?

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    I don't know about themes but that works fine for plugins, yes. (Although it can be disabled: on one site I work on I have to deactivate, delete, reupload and activate.)
    – Rup
    Commented Nov 7, 2020 at 17:48
  • thank you! I'll apply that strategy in my notes!
    – klewis
    Commented Nov 7, 2020 at 18:22

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Uploading a new zip package should work the same way as updating themes or plugins.

Please not however that it will only add new files and overwrite existing ones. If you upload a new package without some files (eg. unnecessary CSS or JS), these files will remain on server. So, it is good to take a look from time to time and do some clean up if necessary.

  • That is exactly what I was curious about. Many thanks!
    – klewis
    Commented Nov 8, 2020 at 3:44

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