How to Install a WordPress Theme

How to Install a WordPress Theme (2 Ways)

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Installing a WordPress theme is a fairly simple process. Within a couple of clicks and just a few seconds you can have a new theme added to your existing website. This is especially handy for personal blogs or very small websites that do not have a custom design. For company websites we build, we create custom WordPress themes, so this tutorial does not apply to those.

You can either search for a theme in the free marketplace, which is built-in to the WordPress dashboard or upload a theme you have previously downloaded. If you choose to upload your own theme, you’ll need it in .zip format.

How to Install a WordPress Theme

Option 1 – Using the free themes in the WordPress Dashboard

  1. Login to the WordPress backend
  2. Click to the “themes” section
  3. Search for the best theme for your site
  4. Click “preview” to get an idea of what the theme will look like
  5. Click “activate” to make the theme live

Option 2 – Upload a theme

  1. Login to the WordPress backend
  2. Click to the “themes” section
  3. Click “add new”
  4. Click “upload theme”
  5. Add a file from your computer (in .zip format)
  6. Activate the theme

The video below covers both options for adding a new WordPress theme. Have you tried adding a theme to WordPress? How’d it go? Please share your experience and questions in the comments.

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