How to Install a WordPress Theme?

Do you want to install a WordPress theme?

There are millions of WordPress themes available (free and paid). As a fresher, you could wish to check out a few of them on your website until you find the correct one.

We’ll share in-depth step-by-step directions on how to install a WordPress theme. We’ll cover three alternative ways to install a WordPress theme, so you can select the method that works best for you.

Notice before installing a WordPress Theme

Installing a WordPress theme is simple but remember that if you activate a new theme, then it can change how your website looks and features.

In case you are installing a WordPress theme on a new website, then you might be good to go.

Install a Theme by using WordPress Admin Theme Search

The first thing you must do is log in to your WordPress Admin Dashboard. After that, go to the Appearance » Themes page and click on the Add New button.

Add new theme in WordPress admin area

On the following display screen, you should have the power to pick from: Featured WordPress themes, Popular WordPress themes, Latest WordPress themes, search for a particular theme or search for themes with particular options.

Add new theme toolbar and search

Clicking on the ‘Feature Filter’ button will mean you can type themes based mostly on features. For example, you’ll be able to type themes by subject, particular features, and layout.

Filter theme results by feature

When you see the theme that you simply wish to install, simply carry your mouse on top of the image. It will reveal the install button, preview button, and details button.

Go forward and click on the install button.

Install WordPress theme

WordPress will now install your theme and present your successful message together with ‘Activate’ or ‘Live preview’ buttons.

Activate WordPress theme

Click on the activate button, you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme.

Depending on the theme, it could add additional settings choices that you could be needed to configure.

For example, your theme could ask you to install the recommended plugins, obtain demo data, or overview settings.

Install a Theme by using the Upload Method from WordPress Admin Area

If you wish to install a premium theme or customized theme. In this case, you would need to install the theme using the upload method from your WordPress Admin Area.

After downloading the .zip file of the theme that you purchased from a premium theme seller. Now go to the Appearance » Themes page and click on the Add New button.

Add new theme button

You can choose the zip file that you downloaded earlier. Select the zip file and click Install Now. Activate your theme after completing the installation.

Upload theme button

Note: The same method is used for custom theme installation. Only it needs to convert it into the zip format.

Installing a WordPress Theme by using FTP

Here you will learn about installing WordPress themes using FTP.

First, you want to download the theme zip file to your computer. After that, you must unzip the file.

It will create a new folder with the theme’s name on your computer. Your theme files are ready to upload it to your website.

Here you’ll need to connect to your website / WordPress hosting account by using an FTP client. In case you need help, then see our guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress.

After connected, you need to go to /wp-content/themes/ folder. Inside the themes folder, you’ll see folders for all themes currently installed on your website.

Upload theme files via FTP

Choose your unzipped theme folder from your computer after which upload it to your website.

After getting uploaded the theme, you would need to go to your admin Dashboard and click on Appearance » Themes.

Activate uploaded theme

You must see the theme that you simply uploaded listed there. Simply carry your mouse on top of that theme and click on the activate button.

I hope this article helped you learn how to install a WordPress theme. You can also read our article on how to uninstall and delete a WordPress theme, how to install WordPress plugin and how to Install Google Analytics in WordPress site.

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