How to Install or Upload WordPress Themes?

WordPress being an open-source CMS have got many free and premium WordPress themes available online. A good looking WordPress template will help in attracting visitors as well as in branding your blog. Just like WordPress plugin installation, you can install WordPress themes either from dashboard or via FTP.

How to Search & Install Official WordPress Themes?

  1. Go to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes.
  2. Select the any of the tabs (Search/Featured/Newest/Recently Updated) except “Upload” where you’ll find the list of free WP themes uploaded by open-source enthusiasts.
    Search & Install Free WordPress Themes
  3. Preview each WordPress template until you find the one that is suitable for your blog and click “Install”.

How to Upload WordPress Themes from Dashboard?

  1. Go to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes.
  2. Select the “Upload” tab.
  3. Browse and locate your theme .zip file and click on “Install now”.
    Upload Custom WordPress Themes
  4. The theme will be unpacked and then installed on your server.
  5. Click on “Activate” to make your theme go live on your blog.

Make sure that you preview your template before activating it as some themes will show errors. If you don’t find any errors while previewing, then you can safely activate it.

How to upload & Install WordPress Themes using FTP Software?

This method is best if you wanted to install or edit several WordPress themes and this will also come handy at times when your dashboard is throwing errors while uploading the themes.

  1. Download any FTP software like FileZilla on to your computer.
  2. Run it and login with the FTP details provided by your hosting server.
  3. Unzip the WordPress theme folder you wanted to upload.
  4. Now, navigate to your wp-content/themes folder from the FTP software.
  5. From the left panel, select the unzipped theme folder > Right click on it > select “upload”.
    Upload WordPress Themes using FileZilla FTP

That’s it! Your new theme is uploaded to your server. Next, you’ll have to activate it.

How to Activate WordPress Theme?

No matter from where you uploaded your WordPress themes, all will rest in the Appearance > Themes section. Go there and select the theme you’ve just uploaded and then click on “Activate”.

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