WordPress comes with default themes with its installation. But if you want to change the look and style of your blog, you may want to install a good looking WordPress theme.
As a beginner, you may not want to spend money on buying a theme. You may want to try free themes from the WordPress theme directory.
Once you start earning money from your blog, you can buy and install premium WordPress themes.
Installing a WordPress theme is easy. You’ll just need some mouse clicks. In this post, I will discuss how you can install both free and premium WordPress themes easily.
How to Install a WordPress Theme
You can install a WordPress theme in two methods.
- Using the WordPress.org theme search function
- Uploading theme file
1. Using WordPress Theme Search Function
In this method, you can install free themes only. Paid themes cant be installed in this method.
For installing themes using this method, the first thing you need to do is log in to your WordPress dashboard by going “yourblog. com/wp-admin/”.
Once you are logged in, go to “Appearance>Themes” from your WordPress admin area. On the top of the screen, you’ll see a “Add new” button. Click on the button.
Once you clicked on the button, it’ll take you to the WordPress theme directory. On the directory, you can sort themes using the menus like Featured, Popular, Latest, etc. You can also search themes using the search bar at right.
Once you find your desired theme, hover over the mouse on the theme. It’ll show you two buttons – Install and Preview.
Clicking on the Preview button, you can see a demo of the theme. And clicking on the “Install” button will install the theme on your WordPress.
After installing the theme successfully, WordPress will show you an “Activate” button. Click on the button to activate the theme on your blog.
If you don’t see the Activate button for some reasons, you can go to “Appearance>theme” from your WordPress admin area and from there you can activate the theme.
2. Uploading Theme File
Using this method you can install both free and premium theme. And if you want to install any premium theme, you must do that using this method.
In this method, you can upload theme file in two ways – 1. Using your WordPress dashboard or 2. Using FTP.
When you use FTP the theme file will be uploaded to your hosting server and it is for advanced users. Beginners shouldn’t use this method. When you have the easiest option, why you’ll use the complicated one!
The easiest method to install a WordPress theme by uploading the theme file is to use your WordPress dashboard and it’s recommended for beginners.
First, you need to save the theme file to your computer from online or some other sources.
The installation process is the same as the method one with a little variation.
Login to your WordPress dashboard (yourdomain. com/wp-admin/).
Go to “Appearance>theme” from your WordPress admin area.
On the opened screen, you’ll see a “Add new” button at the top of the screen. Click on that and a screen will be opened where you’ll see an “Upload Theme” button at the top of the screen.
Once you clicked on the button, You’ll be presented a screen as shown in the image below.
Clicking on the “Choose File” button will prompt you to choose a file from your computer. Now locate the theme file on your computer and select to upload. Keep in mind that the theme file should be in .zip format.
After that click on the “Install Now” button and your theme will start to install.
Once the theme is installed successfully, WordPress will show you a success message along with a link to activate the theme as shown in the image below.
Clicking on the link to activate the theme on your blog.
If you don’t want to change your theme just now, you can activate the theme later by going to “Appearance>theme” from your WordPress admin area.
Keep in mind that installing a new theme will change the look and feel of your blog and some things may not work which previously did. So, you may want to be prepared for this. Check out this post for the checklist of things you need to do before changing your theme (WPbeginner).
Which WordPress theme do you love or use and why? Please share in the comments below…