How to install WordPress Theme

How To Install WordPress Theme For The First Time User:

WordPress Theme Installation

WordPress theme can be installed from Dashboard or FTP software. We will give you the guide to both the methods & before we move ahead  I would like you to read the following, which will help you to get started with “Start A Blog

  1. vs. Which Platform is used to Blog
  2. How to buy hosting for WordPress Blog
  3. How to create a WordPress blog
  4. Essential settings after installing WordPress
  5. How to install WordPress plugin
  6. How to install WordPress theme

Before we move ahead with guide, here are some of the resources from where you can download WordPress Themes. Though WordPress Themes are available for free, I always vouch for premium one if you are looking to establish a professional blog on WordPress.

You can also use Theme Test Drive plugin to make change in your WordPress theme live without showing new theme to your visitors.


Guide to Install WordPress Themes:

Generally, most of the premium theme clubs offer themes in .zip format, which you can use to install it directly from WordPress Dashboard. So let’s assume you have downloaded the theme file in .zip file and you want to install it on your WordPress blog.

  • Login into your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New

Install New WordPress theme

Now click on Upload Theme and then browse & Upload .zip file you downloaded.


Once you upload your .zip file, click on Install Now, your theme will be uploaded and will be installed on your WordPress server. On the next page, you will see a option to activate the theme.


Before activating the theme you can see preview of your site with new design by clicking on Preview. At the time of preview you might not get the exact preview and will show some error, it usually occurs sometimes. So if you are unable to see your site’s live preview, you can just activate and see the theme live on your site.

How to Install WordPress Theme Using FTP:

Foe installing multiple themes and editing them I prefer this method. FTP method is very useful method when your server security doesn’t allow you to install theme from your WordPress Dashboard. Sometime installing theme from dashboard may cause some errors. Moreover in FTP method of installing theme can be considered as manual WordPress Theme installation. To get started with FTP method you need to have an FTP software like FileZilla or your cPanel should offer FTP access from web Panel. Apart from FTP software, you need WinRAR to unpack the .zip files.

In this method, we remove the theme and going to upload it directly to your theme root folder. WordPress themes folder is located under wp-content folder of your WordPress directory.

Unpacking the Themes:

As mentioned above, almost all themes club pack the theme in the .zip format as WordPress only supports .zip format. So, you need to unzip the theme folder first.


Now login to your FTP manager and locate to wp-content/themes folder and upload the unzipped folder directly to your server.

Uploading WordPress Theme FTP

That’s it and now your theme is get uploaded on your server, now it’s time to preview and activate the uploaded theme.

How to Activate WordPress Theme:

Once you your installed theme using dashboard or FTP method, you can browse all installed theme from your WordPress dashboard anytime just go to Appearance > Themes and you will be able to see all installed theme on your WordPress blog and you can directly Preview or Activate them anytime directly from their with single click.

Activate new WordPress theme

How to Delete/Uninstall Any WordPress Theme:

Till now we have learn about how to install WordPress themes. Now, it’s time to learn about to remove/delete unused WordPress Themes. Similar to it’s installation, there are two different way to remove WordPress Themes. As shown in above image, you can go to Appearance > Themes and click on delete to remove any theme. I suggest you to never delete your live theme directly, first switch to another theme then delete the previous once.

You can also login to your FTP Manager and locate wp-content/themes and delete the theme which you didn’t like. Personally speaking I found dashboard method as the easiest one to get rid of unused obsoletes themes.

If you are switching from any WordPress theme whose SEO features you are using then don;t forget to Export and import those feature into your new theme first. Or alternatively, you can use plugins like WordPress SEO to import SEO settings from current theme.

That’s all guys, I hope this Install WordPress theme guide will help you to move from one theme to another. If you have any query mention it on comment section. Thanks for visiting and stay connected for more updates.

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