Mag Version 2 Update Instructions


The Version 2 files are available for download under the Available Downloads section of your account on our website. You can access this section by clicking the My Account link in the navigation bar of the site. Make sure when downloading the files your browser does not automatically unzip the .zip file, you can adjust this in your browser's settings. If after downloading all you see is a folder containing your theme files, your browser unzipped the files, you can either re-zip the folder, or adjust your browser's settings and re-download the file.

If you purchased your theme prior to 2014, the download links showing in your account may need to be reset as prior to 2014 the download links expired after 90 days. If you are unable to download the files, simply send us an email at support at with either your order number or the email you used when purchasing (should be your login email) and we'll reset the links for you.

If you purchased your theme prior to March 2013: In March of 2013 we switched from our old third-party shopping cart and fulfillment provider, to an in-house solution. This means that if you purchased your theme prior to the switch, there was never an account created on our website when purchasing, so you will need to take a couple steps before being able to access the My Account section of our site. We have imported all transactions and previous orders into our current system as well as set up user accounts for those orders. The username used to login to your account will be the email you used for your original purchase. You will however need to reset/select a password before you are able to log in.You can do this by clicking the 'Lost Password?' link next to the Login button when trying to login to the My Account section. Simply enter the original email used and instructions on resetting your password will be mailed to that address. Once you have reset your password you will then be able to login to the My Account section and download the theme files.


We DO NOT recommend uploading the theme files via FTP as we've had some users reporting problems with things not displaying properly and not being able to save the theme options. After some digging, the cause, in all cases was certain files becoming corrupted or jumbled when the users uploaded the theme files via FTP. This is likely because of the compression used in minifying some of the script files as well as the use of a template engine that has unique filename extensions, so some FTP programs are sending the files in an improper format which is causing errors.

First things first: Backup your site!

You should NEVER install a new theme or update without backing up your existing site. If you do not, and an error occurs or something out of the ordinary happens during the process, we cannot help you. This means backing up your files, database and any custom settings you have. You should note that if any changes were made to the theme files, those changes will be lost upon updating, as all of the theme files are completed deleted and replaced with the new.

Most web hosts provide a simple way to backup both your files and databases via a control panel. There are also many WordPress plugins that will create a downloadable backup of your database for you. A popular one is WP-DB-Backup. We also recommend exporting your current customization settings via the Import/Export submenu page of your theme options. In the event that your settings are not transferred completely upon upgrading, this will make it easy to quickly set them to the values they were in Version 1. We highly recommend that you backup your site before you do anything else!

Once you have backed up your site and downloaded the .zip file from the My Account section on our website, and you have exported your theme options on the 'Import/Export' submenu page of the theme options, you are then ready to install it on your site. You can do this by logging in to your sites admin section and navigating to the Manage Themes page located under Appearance->Themes of the WordPress sidebar.

  1. Deactivate the current theme by activating another theme, any theme will do, the default Twenty Twelve/Twenty Eleven theme is fine.
  2. Once your theme has been deactivated and another activated, you will need to delete the current version of your theme. Click the red 'Delete' link that shows under the screenshot of your theme, and confirm the deletion.
  3. Once the old theme files have been deleted you can now upload the new files. Click the 'Install Themes' tab at the top of the page, and then click the 'Upload' link directly under the top tabs. Click the 'Choose File' button and select the .zip file on your hard drive and click open. Once the theme has finished uploading, simply click the 'Activate' link and you're all set.
  4. After the theme is installed and working, you'll first want to go into the theme options and verify that your settings transferred. If they did, just click the Save button to generate all of the needed styling updates and then proceed with the steps below in the Changes and Steps section. If they did not transfer, click into the Import/Export page where you exported your old settings and upload the export file of your option settings, verify your settings were imported on the options pages and click Save to apply all of the new changes. Then follow the steps below.


Warning: Version 2 is NOT a 'drop-in' or simple update for Version 1, and should ultimately be considered a new theme! You WILL have to take action and make selections on various parts of your theme so your site displays correctly.

As a rule, we always make it a priority to always improve our products and themes as well as trying our best to make them as user friendly and efficient as possible. This includes implementing new methods and technologies as well as keeping things current and up to date with web standards and best practices. While we do our best to minimize changes our customers will have to make when upgrading or updating a theme or plugin, sometimes it's unavoidable, as is the case with many of the new features in Version 2 of Mag.

In an effort to make Version 2 easier and more intuitive to use, we've made multiple changes and enhancements to the core of Mag. While the majority of these changes are automatically applied to your current version 1 settings, there are a few that, unfortunately we're just not able to automatically port over to the new system. Because of this, you will need to take some steps after upgrading to ensure your site is working exactly how you intend it to. While none of the changes will 'break' your current site, as we've put in place some safeguards to prevent this, they will however render pieces of your site differently than they would normally appear. We've listed below, the various updates that will require action on your part after updating from version 1 to version 2 of our themes:

  • Galleries - We've completely revamped the gallery system in version 2, the biggest change being that you can now use any images in your media library instead of being required to upload images directly to the gallery. Because of this, you will need to go into each of your galleries and re-select the images you want to use. Since they are already uploaded to the page, you can just select 'Uploaded to this Post' from the drop down box at the top in the 'Add Media' popup, select all the images, and click 'Use Selected Images'.
  • Shortcodes - Version 2 has a new built in short code generator, you can access it by clicking the orange raw logo in the editor button bar. Because of the revamped short code system, you will need to re-insert things such as tabs, toggles and accordions. This is primarily because the javascript library that was used for these in version 1, is no longer compatible with current versions of WordPress and can cause conflicts and errors.
  • Pages - There are now two primary templates for pages in version 2 of Mag. The default template, which is simply text and an optional featured image, and the Builder template, which enables the drag and drop layout builder. To enable the block style layouts as shown on the demo site, you will need to select the Builder template to enable the builder and then build the page to your liking. You can find a video tutorial above detailing how the layout builder works.
  • Portfolio Pages - In version 1 Mag's portfolio pages were automatically generated for you and required creating and assigning galleries to individual Portfolios. Some of the feedback we received was that this was not the most intutitive method and for those only using 1 portfolio, was cumbersome. In version 2, we've ditched the autogenerated pages in favor of a built in Portfolio page template. This make's it easier to create portfolio pages without having to go through creating and assigning galleries to portfolios. Instead, simply create a new page and assign it to use the Portfolio page template. You can then select the Portfolio you'd like to display on the page from the Page Options section that will appear below the editor, by default it will show all galleries. You can also now hide individual galleries from the portfolio page in the Galleries themselves, you'll see a new option titled Gallery Visibility while editing your galleries.

Note: - To ensure your galleries show properly, along with selecting your images, you will want to verify the settings for your galleries in the Gallery Setup tab. You will likely have to select the Carousel gallery style so the galleries displayed in the same format as before.