I manage a couple of sites. I also have the annual subscription to Elements and I intend to renew it. A couple of the sites’ themes have updates available, for example, one uses Skudo. When I buy a theme from ThemeForest I get great update integration into the admin panel. Elements doesn’t have this, despite the Envato Market plugin being installed. Disappointing, but whatever.
I go back to Elements, download the latest theme, go to the Wordpress Appearance panel and upload the theme manually. However, this doesn’t work correctly. I either get an error saying the destination folder already exists, or it uploads the theme as a duplicate.
Maybe the theme’s author, in this case @Upper, could do something to make the update process smoother, but since Elements doesn’t offer any way to track licenses, this puts them at a disadvantage because they don’t know if I’ve paid for the theme or if I’ve downloaded it from an illicit website.
Wordpress used to have a terrible reputation because so many sites used out-of-date themes and plugins, that they were easily hacked and/or full of spam. Wordpress has greatly improved the situation by making a smooth and easy update process. If sites built with themes from Elements are hard to update, they’ll fall into the same problems as before.
There needs to be an easy and error-free way to update themes downloaded from Elements or the themes and plugins need to be removed entirely.