Only having a great domain name and outstanding hosting service provider is not enough to get yourself that jaw-dropping website that you have been dreaming about. To turn your dream into reality you need to have a perfect theme and have it installed.
WordPress provides a wide range of outstanding free as well as premium themes. Among the pool of amazing themes, you can select the one that best fits your website’s requirement. Be it for business, education, portfolio or anything. WordPress Themes for any niche are easily available today. But the question is “How to install a WordPress theme?”
And, if this is exactly what you are looking for, then you are at the right place. In this article, we will guide you step-by-step on how to install a WordPress theme in few simple steps. Thus, this article can be of great help to clear out your confusion(if any) regarding the process as well.
Well, there are mainly two ways to install a theme on your WordPress site.
- Installing a theme using “upload’ method
- Installing a theme using “Add new” method
Now, let’s check out both the steps in detail.
1. Installing a theme using upload method
This method is mostly used for installing a premium theme by third-party companies. However, you can also use to install free themes as well.
But before uploading, you need to download the theme that you want to use for your website.
When the theme is downloaded, log in to your WordPress dashboard. Then, navigate to Appearance>> Themes.
After that, it will redirect you to page where you will see “Upload Theme” button at the top on the right side of Add Themes. Click on that button.
Then, you need to choose the zip of your downloaded theme and then click on the “Install Now” button.
A message will be displayed on your dashboard when the theme is successfully installed. Once installed, all you have to do is activate the theme. And, we are done.
2. Installing a theme using “Add New” method
Unlike the uploading method, this method can only be used to install themes that are available for free on WordPress.org.
To install a free theme using the WordPress theme search, go to Appearance>> Themes.
And it will lead you to the themes page. On this page, on the top of the screen besides Themes, you will see the “Add New” button. Click on that button.
Next, On the left hand side, right under Add themes, you can see the four tabs for featured, popular, latest and favorites. You can select a free theme of your choice from here. Or just Next to these tabs is the search option. Searching directly would be a better option if you already have a specific theme in your mind.
And after you find the theme that you want, hover the mouse pointer above that particular theme. Then, it will reveal three buttons for install, preview and details. Just click on the install button and we are done.
Upon the successful installation, you will get a message and a link to preview your newly installed theme.
Creating a website has been more convenient with the availability of varieties of WordPress themes. However, what would be the use of such themes if you are facing problems in installing them at the first place. But template installation is not a rocket science either. You can easily install a WordPress theme within a matter of few minutes using one of the two above mentioned methods.
Hopefully, this beginner’s guide helped you with your theme installation task. If so, please do share us your experience through the comment box below.