At WeTheme, the team are constantly working on ways to improve our themes by adding and optimizing features. When an update is made, a new version of the theme will be created.

If you would like the most up-to-date theme updates, you can update your theme version for free - so long as you use the same Shopify account that you originally used to purchase the theme.

Should I Update My Theme Version?

Pros

Updating your theme is a great way to ensure that you are getting the most out of the theme you have paid for. In updated theme versions:

✅  New features may have been added.
✅  New sections may be available.
✅  Theme optimization is constantly rolled out (such as addressing page speed)
✅  Bugfixes may address issues from your current theme
✅  The UX (user experience) may have been improved

Note: For a comprehensive insight into what the latest theme version includes, please read the Changelog.

Cons

It is important to note that the update is not applied to your current theme version - instead, a wholly blank theme version will be added to your theme library under Online Store > Themes. Therefore, there are some important considerations to make before updating your theme version:

❗️ Your Theme settings will need to be reapplied to your new theme version.
❗️  Any custom coding that has been added to your current theme version, must be transferred over to the new blank theme.
❗️ App code snippets may also need to be added back in.
❗️ Any newly available Sections may need setting up.

Anything configured through your Shopify admin (such as products, content, settings, etc) should be unaffected on the backend - they will just need to be linked back up on the storefront.

Note: If you need help with transferring custom code over from one theme to another, we recommend reaching out to a coding customization specialist as our support team will not be able to assist you.

Step 1: Duplicate Your Theme

Due to the fact that code changes and customizations will not be transferred onto your new theme version, Shopify recommends duplicating your theme to create a backup copy before completing the update, allowing you to revert back to your current theme version if you need to.

  1. Within your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Select your theme, and click Actions > Duplicate.

Step 2: Go to Capital's Listing in the Theme Store

As long as you are logged into the Shopify account that you purchased your theme with, you will be able to see an option to add the newest version of the theme.

  1. Go to Capital's listing in the Shopify theme store.
  2. Next to the View demo option, select Add latest theme version.

Step 3: Update Your Theme Settings

As your new theme version will have its default settings in place, you will need to reapply your storefront's settings.

  1. Within the theme editor, scroll down the left-hand menu.
  2. Select Theme settings.

Step 4: Reinstall Any Apps & Custom Code Snippets

If you have installed any apps onto your old theme version, ensure that these apps have been installed on your new theme version if required.

If you have customized your old theme's code, be sure to reapply these changes to your updated theme:

  1. Under Sales Channels with your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Select your theme.
  3. Click Actions, and select Edit Code from the drop-down menu.