Installing a new WordPress Theme

Today we are going to write just another WordPress tutorial that will teach how to install WordPress theme. It’s easy to install a theme for people who use WordPress every day but what if you haven’t used WordPress before, and today is your first day using this amazing web software? That’s why we’ve decided to write this step-by-step tutorial that will help a new WordPress user to install a theme.

Don’t worry, it’s not a rocket science. WordPress makes it super easy to install/change a theme. To install WordPress theme you must have a working version of WordPress already installed. Then you have to find a theme that you like and want to install on your website.

There are two ways to install a new theme: WordPress Upload or FTP Upload.

WordPress Upload

First what you need to do is log in to your Dashboard (Admin Panel). To do that navigate to login form ( ) and enter your login and password.

Remember, your user must have an administrator’s permissions in oder to install a Theme. After that you will be redirected to your Dashboard. Find an Appearance tab in the left menu and click on it.

Then you will see two tabs on a top of the page that you just opened: Manage Themes and Install Themes. In order to install a new theme you have to click on Install Themes tab. You will find a few options on that page:

  • Search (You can search a theme in Free WordPress Themes directory).
  • Upload (Upload a WordPress Theme if you have a .zip file of that Theme).
  • Featured (Choose a Theme from Featured WordPress Themes).
  • Newest (Choose a new WordPress Theme).
  • Recently Updated (Choose a recently updated WordPress Theme).

If you have a .zip file then click on Upload. Then choose a file and click on Install Now. Then you need to activate your theme. To activate a theme go to Appearance → Themes and click on Activate link under a theme screenshot.

If you want to get a theme from a WordPress Themes directory then just find a theme that you like and click on Install Now link under a theme screenshot.

After that you can activate your theme. Just click on Activate link.

FTP Upload

First, you have to have a FTP access to your website. Also you need a software (for example: FileZilla or Cyberduck[Mac Only] ) in order to connect by FTP.

Remember that you need to upload the non-zipped theme folder into the /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server (hosting). After that, you can activate your theme in your Dashboard.

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