This tutorial is about to learn the process of installing and activating WordPress theme. You can do this by performing some simple tasks.
Process of Installing WordPress Theme
To install a new theme on your WordPress website, at first you have to login to your site admin page at first. Then, go to Appearance -> Themes.
See the image below and you will understand better.
You will find all the themes that you have installed currently in your application here. If you want to add another one, simply press install Themes button, just like the following image.
You will see two ways to add a new theme on this page and the ways are –
- Using search field
- Uploading a theme from your local hard drive.
Using search field will return results from the WordPress.org theme directory.
Both of the ways of installing new themes will be shown in this article.
Select and Install themes from the official WordPress theme directory
Installing themes from the official WordPress theme directory is the most easiest way for installing theme because the WordPress theme directory allows you to search for your required theme directly from the website admin theme page. Each theme in the official directory has to have functionality describing Tags. Thus, the WordPress theme directory lets you to search for the right theme which will match your business or blogging website. But, if you only know the name of your required theme, you can simply search for it.
You also can use the Feature Filter for searching theme.
For instance, you can search for a Black and White, Two column theme having a Flexible Width. Check those tags and click on the Apply Filters button.
You will now find so many themes according to your requirement. If you hover over any of them you will find two options – to see a demo of the theme or to install it. After choosing your required theme, click on the blue Install button. Then your WordPress application will start to download and install the theme for you.
To check, whether the new theme installed or not go to the front page of your WordPress site and see how it looks.
Uploading a downloaded theme
If you do not find your required theme in the list of WordPress.org directory, then you can upload it from the Themes -> Install Themes section. To do this, hover over the Upload link at the top of the page and click on it.After that, click on the Choose File button, select your theme archive from your local computer and then click on the Install Now button.
WordPress will upload and extract the theme archive for you within a few seconds. Now press the Activate link under the message for successful theme installation.
To check whether your uploaded theme installed or not, go to the front end of your web site and see the newly activated theme.