In this Step, I am explaining how to install a theme to your newly installed WordPress blog. Before doing that, you should know a few points about WordPress themes.
- There are tons of free WordPress themes are available in the WordPress themes directory.
- Total themes in the WordPress themes directory is 6990.
- You may want to try a few themes to your site until your selected theme suitable for your needs.
- In this beginners guide, I am presenting a complete step by step procedure on how to install a WordPress theme from your WordPress dashboard, from cPanel and by using FTP software.
- Before learning how to install a theme in WordPress blog, we must be clear about the content and structure of our blog.
- When choosing WordPress theme and especially if you do not have a graphic designer or programmer to your service, I recommend the Thrive themes, HappyThemes, and MyThemeShop themes.
How to Install a WordPress Theme in Sel-Hosted WordPress Blog?
- Log in to the WordPress dashboard of your blog.
- Select the Themes from Appearance to install a theme.
- Now Select Add New.
- Choose the theme you would like to use by using the Feature, Popular, Latest, Favorite and Feature Filter options.
- Here I searched for GeneratePress theme for my needs, and then Click on the Preview link to preview the Theme or if you click on Install now button to upload the Theme.
- WordPress will be starting your theme installation and shows the success message. Now click on Activate. Your selected theme is uploaded and activated as your chosen theme on your blog.
These are the basic steps to install a theme from a free WordPress repository.
How to Upload a Premium WordPress theme from Computer?
Most of the WordPress themes are free. If you are switching your free theme to premium theme for the uniqueness of your blog, Genesis framework themes, and Mythemeshop themes are my first suggestion. These are not available in the WordPress themes directory.
You must purchase these themes from their official sites. They are providing these themes as Zipping format after complete your purchase. Download those themes into your computer’s desktop and follow the below steps carefully.
Upload custom or Premium theme to WordPress blog:
- To upload custom or premium themes, which downloaded from their official site, go to Add New from Appearance option.
- Then click on Upload theme button, which is located at the top of the Themes page or click on the “+” symbol on the box located on the page or end of all themes.
- Now it’s time to upload your downloaded theme. There is an option to upload, click on Browse option and choose the upload theme location. Select the theme from the drive and add in the dashboard, finally click on Install Now to install a theme.
- Now the installation of the newly uploaded theme will start. After a few seconds, this process will be completed.
- Before activating the theme, you need to check the preview and do the minimum theme settings like Site title, Widgets placements, Menu adjustments, and some other few steps. Finally, click on the Activate button.
- If we click on the option “Live Preview“ we will see first and detail theme information to the left and right preview of the topic and the way in which it appears within the WordPress environment.
- After the adjustments click on the Save & Activate button to activate the theme as your default theme.
- If we are not convinced yet, we have the option of seeing him again live with “Live Preview“ or return to the installer, “Return to Theme Installer“ to select a new theme and then perform the steps above.
- If we decide to activate it after clicking the Activate button, we will open the initial themes window, in which the subject appears in our case Schema by MyThemeShop as Current Theme. The current topic in use, we will also see that the deployed topic window presents at the bottom, the buttons to start customizing the chosen theme. These buttons are Customize, Widgets, Menus, install Plugins and Theme Options.
We have installed our theme! Now you know how to install a theme in WordPress blog and just need to customize it or put it to our liking as our corporate image. This is the basic step to install a WordPress theme from the blog dashboard.
Note: This theme upload functionality is available in only self-hosted WordPress blog users. If you are using WordPress.com service, this function is not available. You must use the existed free WordPress themes only.
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