Installing WordPress themes is super easy. Within few minutes you will learn basic to intermediate level of installing themes, stick with this step by step guide till end. Do you know WordPress provides many free themes? You might be photographer, bloggers, GYM trainer, Instructor or Artist, WordPress has all types of free stunning themes that match your need.
There are also premium themes that can be purchased from the sites such as ithemes and themesforest in best price. You can also find the services to setup your complete website including themes setup on templatemonster. As a beginner, try multiple free themes that fit your blog niche.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to Install WordPress Themes
- Install WordPress Themes from Admin Panel
- Install WordPress Themes using Upload Button
- Install WordPress Themes using FTP Client
Method-1: Install WordPress Themes from Admin Panel
Login to WordPress dashboard, www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin. Hover mouse point on “Appearance” and click on “Themes”.
Now, click on “Add new” button at the top.
Take a look on featured, popular, latest and favorite themes from the tab at the top you will see list of free themes. You can also search the themes from search box. Type the categories or name of the theme in search box. Choose the theme, click on Install and activate button.
That’s all. Your selected theme is activated and you can start creating menu and publish content.
Method-2: Install WordPress themes using Upload button
This method is especially used to Upload downloaded theme from the premium sites like ithemes. In this tutorial we will download free themes from wordpress.org as an example and install using Upload button.
Download preferable free theme from wordpress.org and save on the Desktop for easy access. Themes file will be in .zip format.
From WordPress admin panel, hover mouse pointer on Appearance then click on Themes. Click on Add New button.
Click on Upload Theme at the top and click on Choose File button to upload the theme.
From the open dialog box, “select” downloaded theme from the desktop and click on “Open” button.
Now, click Install Now button.
Installation process takes few minutes to complete. Click on activate button after completion.
Method-3: Install WordPress Themes using FTP
Install WordPress themes manually will be bit longer process but this tutorial will give you clear understanding of installing themes file to the web server.
WordPress is installed in Public_html folder which is also known as root folder of the webserver. All the themes are installed inside public_html>>wp-content>>themes folder.
We use FileZilla as FTP client. You will access Themes folder inside Public_html folder of the webserver and transfer downloaded themes.
Let’s get start:
- Step-1: Download and Install FTP client FileZilla
- Step-2: Download WordPress themes and extract it
- Step-3: Transfer WordPress Files using FileZilla
Step-1: Download and Install FTP client FileZilla.
Use this link to Download Filezilla and install it into your computer.
Step-2: Download WordPress Themes and Extract it.
Download WordPress theme on your desktop from wordpress.org.
Right click on themes.zip files and click on Extract Here.
It will create another theme folder that you will transfer to the webserver.
Step-3: Transfer WordPress Files using FileZilla.
Open FileZilla, connect using FTP credentials. If you do not know your FTP login credentials, follow below step.
How to find FTP Accounts login credentials?
When you purchase hosting plan, your hosting provider send you the server details in registered mail. Alternatively, login to cPanel using www.yourdomain.com/cpanel and under “Files” section, click on FTP Account. Expand Configure FTP Client at the right. You will see FTP Username, FTP server (Host), FTP port (21) and password is your default cPanel password.
Once you login, you have two section in FileZilla PC section at left and server section at right.
Double click on public_html>>wp-content>>themes folder of server section. Drag themes folder from PC section and drop to server section.
File transfer will take few minutes to complete. After completion, login to WordPress dashboard, hover on Appearance and click on Themes. You will see recently uploaded themes. Click on Activate button.
You have successfully install WordPress theme manually.
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