Basic Tutorial #5:
How to Install a WordPress Theme
WordPress Tutorial #5
After you’ve registered a domain name, set up a hosting service and installed WordPress, your next step is to choose and install a WordPress theme.
If you’re creating a business site, you’ll be working with a premium theme. (If you’re installing a free theme that’s available through WordPress.org, the process is a bit different.)
#1. Choose and Download Your Theme
Download the theme. It will be in the form of a zip file. If you know what that is, great. If not, don’t sweat it because you don’t need to do anything to the file. Just save it to your hard drive.
#2. Log Into WordPress
Once you’ve saved the zip file on your hard drive, go ahead and log in to your WordPress dashboard.
#3. Click Appearance/Themes
#4. Click “Add New”
#5. Select “Upload”
#6. Choose the File to Upload
Click the “Choose File” button. Navigate to the folder where you saved the theme file you downloaded in Step 1.
Highlight the file name, and you’ll see it inserted into the appropriate spot.
#7. Click “Install Now”
WordPress will show the progress of your theme’s installation.
#8. Check the Live Preview, and Activate
Click Live Preview to see a preview of your new theme with your existing content. WordPress will show you a preview of your new theme. When you’re ready, click the Activate and Publish button. Or, click the Activate link shown above.
Don’t be concerned if the page doesn’t look just like what you had in mind. There are lots of easy tweaks you can make later.
#9. Manage Themes
Any time you want to change themes, or add or delete a theme, go back and click the Appearance / Themes link. You’ll see the active theme first, followed by the other themes that are installed and available to you. If you want to switch to a different theme, just click its “activate” link.
But those are topics for another day. . .
This post was updated on June 5, 2019.