how to install a WordPress theme

Beginner’s Guide on How to Install a WordPress Theme

Are you having problem in installing a WordPress theme on your website? It is normal to have this kind of issue as a beginner on WordPress.

As at this moment, we have thousands of themes on your WordPress dashboard which you can install on your site either pro or free themes which you can install on your website. You can read our guide on the best themes you can install on your website if you don’t want to stress yourself too much on theme selection.

There are ways you can install a WordPress theme on your website, maybe it is similar to how you install plugins on your website but little differences. So we will highlight how you can install themes on your website.

How to Install a WordPress Theme

Theme Installation using WordPress Theme Search

Installing plugins on WordPress.org is different from how you install plugins on WordPress.com. You should know the difference between the two WordPress sites. Using Theme search is the safest way to install plugins, though most of those plugins are free plugins but it is the safest way to install plugins to your website.

The first thing you need to do is log in to your WordPress admin area. Next, go to the Appearance » Themes page and click on the Add New button.
Then search for the themes you want to install on your website. You can even search Featured WordPress themes, Popular WordPress themes, Latest WordPress themes, search for a specific theme for fast searches because their are thousands of themes on your theme dashboard.

When you see the theme that you want to install, then click install button, preview button or details button for things you want to know about the theme you want to install. When you are done with your research on the theme then go ahead and click on the install button. WordPress will install the theme for you. WordPress will now finish the job for you by installing your theme and show you a success message along with ‘Activate’ or ‘Live preview’ buttons.

Theme Installation using WordPress Upload Method

If you want to use the pro or premium version then you can use this upload method installation. These method is used to install custom theme through your dashboard.

firstly, download the theme zip file to your computer from the website you purchase the theme. Go to the Appearance » Themes page in WordPress admin area and click on the Add New button at the top, then upload the zip file you downloaded. Once your theme is installed, you will see a success message along with the link to activate and preview the theme.

Theme Installation using FTP Method

This method is for professional on WordPress, if you are just a beginner on WordPress, you need to avoid this method for now, just not to break your site. But if you insist then you want to learn using this method.

  • You need to download the theme zip file to your computer. Then unzip the file. This will create a new folder with the theme’s name on your computer.
  • Connect to your website / WordPress hosting account using an FTP client.
  • Once connected, you need to go to /wp-content/themes/ folder. Inside, you’ll see folders for all themes currently installed on your website.
  • Select your unzipped theme folder from your computer and then upload it to your website.
  • Once you have uploaded the theme, you would need to go to your admin area and click on Appearance » Themes.
  • You should see the theme that you uploaded listed there.
  • Simply bring your mouse on top of that theme and click on the activate button.

Frequently Questions asked on WordPress Theme

Which one should I use between premium and free theme

As a beginner you might not have cash for premium version of theme. But the best theme you can use is premium version theme especially Astra Pro theme.

How can I choose the best theme for my website

With thousands of WordPress theme you can choose from, you might have problem from choosing which theme is good for SEO or design. So you need to check the speed of the theme, because you need fast loading theme.

How many theme can I use on my website

You can’t use more than one theme.on your website, immediately you activate the new theme you install, the previous theme get deactivated. So you can’t have more than one theme on your website.

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