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How To Install Suffusion Theme shows you how to manually install the latest version of suffusion theme by following a few steps and more.

Last Updated: June 27, 2019

Latest News: I update the information below.

Most people nowadays know how to install a theme in WordPress. However in this case you are uploading a zip file to update Suffusion theme. So I decided to write this little tutorial for those of you who need help updating Suffusion theme from a zip file. This is what I did to update Suffusion in all my sites.

The following steps will show you how to download the latest version, delete the current version from your site and upload and install the latest version from your computer or laptop.

Suffusion Theme / Child Theme Tutorials:

How To Install Suffusion Theme

The best and safest method to install Suffusion theme is illustrated in the following steps. Please make sure you follow each step correctly.

Step 1 ) You might want to put your site in Maintenance mode first before you begin. If you don’t have a security plugin in place, I highly recommend the following security plugin All In One WP Security And Firewall. This plugin happens to have a feature that allows you to set your site in maintenance mode. You can read more about the feature in this security plugin from the following URL all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall-maintenance.

If the above plugin is not for you, then install another plugin or you might already have another method set in place.

Step 2 ) Download the latest version from the following URL

Step 3 ) Create a back up of your site, this is just for precaution just in case something goes wrong. Like they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Step 4 ) Export suffusion settings. You can read more about it from the following documentation

Step 5 ) If you don’t have a second theme, install one of WordPress default themes like Twenty Seventeen. Enable the new theme. Once the new theme is enabled, delete suffusion theme. Upload the latest version you downloaded in Step 2 ) above. The following documentation can help you further understand how to install a theme.

Step 6 ) Import the suffusion settings you exported in Step 4 ) above.

Step 7 ) Check to make sure all your settings are correct and make sure your site looks good from the front end.

Step 8 ) If all the above is correct and there are no issues, you should have your site running the latest version of Suffusion running.

Note: If you like getting your hands dirty, you can do the following. (Highly recommended for experts only)

Step 9 ) Use File Manager in cPanel or FileZilla. Then upload to cPanel the zipped folder you downloaded from the list above. Unzip the folder and copy the content into the suffusion folder that already exist in your server. This will override all Suffusion files and folders with the updated version. Then check the front side of your site to make sure everything is working well.

Step 9-a ) If you use FileZilla then the process is similar. However in this case you will probably unzip the content in your laptop or computer and upload all the files to the root of your site in the same location where Suffusion theme is installed. The following is an example of the location of the theme in a server.


If you have any questions please leave a comment. I will be updating this tutorial from time to time.

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Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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