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Are you looking to install a WordPress theme?

Beginners keep on hearing about numerous paid and free WordPress themes. When starting out, it is normal to try themes on site to find the most appropriate one. The following guide contains systematic instructions on installing WordPress themes to help beginners. It covers 3 ways of installation.

Before You Install a WordPress Theme

As anyone that has done this before knows very well installation of the themes is an easy process. Upon activation of the new theme, it changes the function and appearance of the website in some ways.

Install a Theme using WordPress Admin Theme Search

When installing the free themes from WordPress.org directory use the admin search functionality.

  • Login to admin area
  • Click ‘Appearance’ then ‘Themes’
  • On themes click on ‘Add New’ (button) on top
  • Select from Popular, Featured, or Latest themes

This allows you to search for themes with specific features or specific themes. Install a theme by bringing the mouse on the image top which reveals install button, details button and preview button. Click on install button to start the installation.

Install a Theme by using Upload Method from WordPress Admin

Use this method for installing custom and premium commercial themes from iThemes, ThemeLab, or StudioPress. Download .zip file for the theme you purchase.

  • On admin area click ‘Appearance’ then ‘Themes’
  • On themes page go to ‘Add New’ on top
  • Click ‘Upload Theme’ on next screen
  • Choose the downloaded zip file
  • Click on ‘Install Now’

Installing a WordPress Theme using FTP

Take themes to next level with the advanced method that the true beginners will find a tad difficult to do. For this connect to the host via FTP and go to the path ‘/wp-content/themes/’; now upload the required theme folder there. Before the theme upload do unzip folders and once done go to the admin area, click Appearance then Themes. Find the uploaded theme and bring cursor there and click activate button.
The systematic approach would help you to install the WordPress themes on site successfully.