As a WordPress beginner, you probably might have heard about tons of available free and paid WordPress themes. You may want to try few themes on your site until you find the right one to meet your need.
Here we will guide you on how to install WordPress theme.
Installing theme on WordPress is easy. Keep in mind that if you active a new theme, your website looks and function will be changed totally.
We will teach you to installing themes in two ways:
Install Using WordPress Admin
Installing theme via WordPress theme search
If you are looking to install a free WordPress theme, then the easiest way is to install by using WordPress admin theme search.
To get started first login to your WordPress admin area. And click on Appearance >> Themes.
Once you are on the theme page, click on Add new
On the next screen you will see the list of themes and you can search for specific theme, and then after you got your theme you can click on install to install the theme
After successful installation of the theme you will see Activate option click on it to activate the theme
Now you have successfully installed and activated the theme.
Note: Depending on the theme, it may add additional settings that you may need to configure either through theme customizer or via separate options panel.
Uploading Theme via WordPress admin area
The above method that we covered only allows you to install free themes that are available in WordPress.org theme directory. But if you would like to install the theme outside from this you will have to do something different.
Firstly download the .zip file of the theme that you want to install.
Then login to your WordPress admin area and click on Appearance >> Themes
Once you are on the themes page, click on Add New button at the top
On the next step, click on the Upload Theme button at the top.
Now you will be prompted to choose the zip file that you downloaded earlier. Select that file and click install now.
Once your theme is installed, you will see a success message along with the link to activate and preview the theme.
Now activate your theme.
Note: Sometimes while installing theme you can get some errors like missing style.css, if you get such error please read our next article this will help you.
Installing Theme Via FTP
Installing theme using FTP is very helpful if you are unable to install using above methods.
Firstly you will have to connect to your server via FTP. You can use software like FileZilla to connect to your server. If you don’t have this you can go to https://filezilla-project.org/ and choose FileZilla Client.
Once this is downloaded and installed open it.
Enter your FTP login details(Host,User,Password) and connect it to your server.
Now you need to go to the path (/wp-content/themes/). Once you’re there, simply upload your theme’s folder there. All of the installed themes is inside themes folder in WordPress.
Remember: You must unzip the folder before you upload a theme using FTP. Once you have uploaded the theme, you would need to go to your admin area and activate your theme.
We hope this article helped you to install theme to your WordPress. If you still need some help please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org