How to Upgrade from a Free Verison

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The process of upgrading from a free version is a bit different depending on where you’ve purchased the theme.

Purchased on ThemePatio.com

Once you complete the purchase, you’ll be redirected to a page that contains two links (same links will be emailed to you):

Counter X.X.X — A link to an installable theme archive called counter-X.X.X.zip. Download it to your computer.

Additional Files — An archive with additional files called counter-package-X.X.X.zip. It contains a theme archive, a starter child theme, and the demo data.

Do NOT install counter-package-X.X.X.zip! This will result in an error: The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

Once you have downloaded the file with the theme to your computer, delete the free version of the theme and follow the steps in this article to install the “pro” version using counter-X.X.X.zip file.

When done, activate the theme using your license key.

Purchased on Creative Market

Once you complete the purchase, you’ll be given a link to a zip archive that contains the theme along with some additional files.

Do NOT install this file. This will result in an error: The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

Instead, download it to your computer and unzip it. Inside you will find a file called counter-X.X.X.zip. That is the file with the theme you want to install.

Note: X.X.X stands for the current version of the theme. It may be 1.0.0 or 2.5.3, or something similar.

Once you have the installable theme archive on your computer, delete the free version of the theme and follow the steps in this article to install the “pro” version using counter-X.X.X.zip file.

When done, request a license key if you want to activate the theme and install theme updates from the Dashboard.