Upgrading the Mystique Theme for WordPress to Version 3

Not long after I started this blog I discovered the Mystique theme for WordPress and I’ve been using it ever since.

Mystique has a lot of features that I really like but some of the functions were out of date and needed to be updated so I was very happy to see that a new version was recently released.

The WordPress dashboard notified me that I should update Mystique from version 2.4 to 2.5.1.  After installing the new version I found the notice below at the top of my control panel.

I didn’t understand why WordPress did not automatically update the theme to version 3+ since it was the newest version.  I found that Mystique 3+ is only available on the authors website, it cannot be found using the WordPress theme search.

The author seems to have forked Mystique into the basic/light version (2.4.x) and the Atom powered version (3.x).  Apparently other people are confused about the update process as well, check out the Mystique update drama post.

Here are the steps to upgrade from Mystique 2.4 to 3.0.5.

During the upgrade you will lose all of your Mystique settings (be careful)!

1.  Backup text widgets – This upgrade will wipe out all of your widgets.  I recommend taking notes on what widgets you were using and if you have any text widgets make a backup of their contents.  This will make it much easier to get the theme back to the way it was prior to the upgrade.

2.  Switch to a temporary theme – The author’s instruction say to de-activate and delete the old theme which works but makes it much more difficult to roll back if you have a problem.  Instead I think it’s best to activate a new theme such as one of the defaults like twenty-twelve.

3.  Rename the Mystique theme directory – If you didn’t do step 2 then you can skip this step.  Via FTP or another file manager rename your mystique theme directory to mystique-old.  On my HostGator server the location was /public_html/samkear.com/wp-content/themes/mystique.  Your location may vary depending on your directory structure.

4.  Download Mystique 3.0.5 – The file you need is called mystique-wordpress.zip, you can download it from the theme’s website. (Or from here: Mystique 3.1)

5.  Upload the new theme – Upload the zip file to WordPress using the theme manager in the Control Panel (Appearance\Themes\Install Themes).  Once the zip file is uploaded you should see a message that the theme was successfully installed.  If you receive an error that says “destination folder already exists” then make sure the rename in step #3 actually took affect.

WordPress Theme Upload

6. Activate the new theme – Once the theme is installed you can activate it and begin using it.  It took me a bit of time to restore my widgets and the other settings that were lost but everything seems to be working pretty well so far.

My thoughts about version 3

So far I’m happy with the new version and I like the updates that have been made.  Lots of people are complaining about the fact that you lose all of your settings during the upgrade.  While I agree that it is an inconvienance I think more people should be apprecitiaeve of the fact that Mystique is a free theme!

You can find a list of all the changes in Mystique version 3 on the DigitalNature website.

Sam Kear

Sam graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City with a bachelors degree in Information Technology. Currently he works as a network analyst for an algorithmic trading firm. Sam enjoys the challenge of troubleshooting complex problems and is constantly experimenting with new technologies.

7 thoughts to “Upgrading the Mystique Theme for WordPress to Version 3”

  1. I cant download version 3 from authers site, archieve is broken 🙁
    can u please send me version 3+ on my email if u have.
    I will be thankful of u.

  2. Sam, Thank you so much. download you provided worked for me. i was so was trying to download it from authers site but zip file is faulty and i wasnt able to download it….finally u made my evening…thanks 🙂 🙂

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