How to Install a WordPress Theme – Step by Step [Guide]

install wordpress theme

So you’ve started a WordPress blog and found that the default look is not so good. You want to have an awesome design for your blog. Then you need to change your theme. And if you haven’t started your blog yet then Read this: How to Start a WordPress Blog On Bluehost – For Beginners.

To change your theme, you will have to install a new WordPress theme. In this post,  I will be sharing How to Install WordPress theme. I will cover 2 different ways to install a theme.

Install WordPress Theme From (WP Admin Search)

If you’re looking to install a free WordPress theme from the WordPress.org themes directory, then the easiest way is by using the WordPress admin theme search functionality.

1. At first, login to your WordPress Dashboard.  (Login URL: http://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php)

2. Then Go to Appearance > Theme.

install wordpress theme - appeareance

3. Once you are on the themes page, click on the Add New button at the top.

install wordpress theme - appearance add me

4. On the next screen, you will have the ability to select from: Featured WordPress themes, Popular WordPress themes, Latest WordPress themes, search for a specific theme or search for themes with specific features.

install wordpress theme - theme filters

Based on your search, you will see a single theme or a list of themes that met your criteria. In my case, I searched for the blogging theme Mantle.

When you see the theme that you want to install, move your mouse to that theme and Details, Preview and Install button will be popped up. Click on ‘Install’ button.

install wordpress theme - mantle theme

WordPress will now install your theme and show you a success message along with the link to activate or live preview.

install wordpress theme - WP theme activation

Click on the activate button, and you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme. Then you may redirect to the theme options panel.

Install WordPress Theme (From WP DASHBOARD)

The first method that I covered only allows you to install free themes that are available in the WordPress.org theme’s directory. But what if you want to install a “premium” WordPress theme from companies like MyThemeShop, ThemeForest etc. then you need to upload your downloaded theme file.

Read Top 15 Premium WordPress Themes From Mythemeshop to choose the ideal theme for your blog.

Here’s how to install a premium WordPress theme.

1. Start by downloading the .zip file of the theme that you purchased from a marketplace or a commercial theme provider.

2. Now login to your WordPress dashboard.

3. Then Go to Appearance > Theme.

install wordpress theme - WP dashboard

3. Once you are on the themes page, click on the Add New button at the top.

install wordpress theme - add new theme

4. On the next screen, click on the Upload Theme button at the top.

install wordpress theme - upload theme option

5. Now click the ‘Choose File‘ button and select the zip file that you’ve downloaded earlier. And click on ‘Install Now‘ button.

install wordpress theme - upload file procedure

6. Once your theme is installed, you will see a success message along with the link to activate and preview the theme.

Install wordpress theme - premium theme activation

Click on “Activate” button, and you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme. And now go to your site and see the newly activated theme.

Here’s a little bonus for you: World’s Best Backup Plugin for WordPress – UpDraftPlus.

Hope this step by step guide helped you to install WordPress theme on your server. I’d suggest you install WordPress theme from your dashboard unless you face many problems in your WordPress dashboard. If you still have any confusion regarding theme installation just comment or you can reach me via email.

Nishat Mahmud
 

Founder of BloggerTracks.com
I am a full-time blogger. I am always up for helping newcomers to choose the right stuff for their blogs and to set up perfectly.
I wish to lead people on the track of Blogging World.

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