How to Install WordPress Theme


WordPress is the best Content Management system and most popular blogging platform. It allows users to extend the features with plugins and change look and feel with themes. Installation of themes is very easy. Person having no technical knowledge can also change the theme in a WordPress blog. In this post we will see how to Install WordPress Theme

Read: Why WordPress is Best For Your Blogging Platform

There are two methods of changing the theme of a WordPress blog. One is direct from WordPress dashboard and other is from FTP. In this guide, we will see both methods.

Before moving further, you need to download the plugin which you want to use in your website. You can download some beautiful WordPress theme from Themeforest. Although, there are many free WordPress themes available, but most of those free themes comes with malicious codes. So we need to check manually whether themes are infected or not.

Read: How To Install WordPress on Your Local System with Wamp

How to Install WordPress Theme

I assume that you have already downloaded the WordPress theme. It comes in a zip file.

Now login to your WordPress dashboard.

Navigate to the Appearance and then Themes.

Here, select Install Themes tab and then select upload.

Now browse the theme Zip file and click on Install Now.

WordPress theme installation
Once you click on the button, it will start uploading the ZIP. Wait for few seconds while it is uploading the files. If the theme size is big, it may take more time.

WordPress theme installation

Once the theme is installed, you will see option to activate theme or see preview of theme. It is recommended to see the preview of the theme on your website before activating it. If you see errors on preview, you may not activate it on your live website.

How to Install WordPress theme Via FTP

This is another method of theme installation on WordPress. For this method, you need to create a FTP account on your web hosting that has permission to access the WordPress installation directory. This method is also prefered when Write Permission for a user is denied in WordPress theme directory. In this case, dashboard installation does not work.

To install the theme from FTP, you need to download a FTP client. I prefer FileZilla. It is free and easy to use. In this post, I assume you know how to use filezilla and login to the FTP.

Login via FTP account and you will see two parts of the screen. The right part shows your location in the hosting account. Here navigate to the wp-content/themes

How to Install WordPress Theme

Now at left side (which shows your system) navigate to the folder on which your theme is. If the theme is in ZIP file, extract it. Via this method, we send theme folder. After extracting, right click on the folder inside filezilla left screen and click on upload. Be sure to be at themes folder in Hosting at right side.

After filezilla ends theme uploading, we need to activate it from WordPress dashboard.

How to Activate a WordPress Theme

Once you have don’t with theme installation using FTP or dashboard method, you need to activate the theme on your website. For this, navigate to Appearance them Themes. Here, you will see all the installed themes on your WordPress installation. You can activate any theme by the activate link below the themes.

I tried to explain all the complexities of theme installation. If you are still facing problem, you can contact me or comment below.


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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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