January 16, 2021

How To Install A WordPress Theme – WordPress Theme Guide in 2021

How To Install A WordPress Theme

Do you know how to install a WordPress theme? Today I Will Show You, How To Install a WordPress Theme Easily…

WordPress Theme Guide in 2021

Now it’s time to look at WordPress Themes, more specifically, what they are and what they do. I’ll continue my attempts to keep things as simple as possible. This may mean it is not 100% technically accurate but it will mean you have enough information to make an informed decision.

I talked elsewhere about WordPress is an excellent blog and website building platform. I have also talked about how WordPress Plugins greatly help the functionality of the site. Now onto Themes. The Theme affects the way your WordPress site looks and also some of its functionality too.

wordpress theme

I’ll show you what I mean, We’ll skip a couple of very basic stages and assume you have a domain name and that the Domain Name Servers are pointing at your hosting. Inside your hosting you then download WordPress and, straight out of the box, you end up looking at something like you see in the image below.

Now, depending on when you read this article, it may change and be slightly different but you’ll get the default WordPress Theme (these can also be referred to as ‘templates’ or ‘skins’). You can change the picture, words and alter some of the sizes along with some other things but that is what you get.

Now I’ll show you what happens when you change the Theme and to show you’ll I’ll use my site as an example (yes, this is a WordPress site if you were not aware). All I have done here is to go into the dashboard area of my site and then to the Themes section and asked to see a preview of my site using the default WordPress template.

The default is on the left and my site, as you know it, is on the right. I have not touched, nor changed, anything else, just the Theme. If it helps you can click on the image to expand it.

So, as you can see the look has changed considerably. By the way, the picture on the default theme can be changed, of course, but the change is still dramatic. As I mentioned earlier though, it is not only the look that has changed. The Premium Theme that I use offers much more functionality and versatility too.

I am going to take a look at some different Themes elsewhere, free, paid and ones that are specifically suited to eCommerce too. If you cannot wait for that post I’ll do a little summary on the three options open to you.

Free  WordPress Themes

Firstly Free Themes. These are available in their thousands; however, many are designed for personal use, for blogging type sites. You may find one that is suited to your business; however, it is unlikely unless you operate a small local tradesperson type business; a plasterer or a gardener, for example.

I cannot think of any larger type of business that uses a free theme that looks awesome (Please correct me if I‘m wrong – drop me a note; details on the contact page).

Premium WordPress Themes

Next, the Premium Themes. This is where businesses need to be looking at. There are some which are really good and versatile and look great too. With one of these, you can create a great looking site with the simplicity that WordPress offers.

Lastly onto eCommerce sites. All themes can handle a purchase button but for sites where selling products is a significant part then there are a few which are well suited and I’ll try and point you in the right direction.

How To Install A WordPress Theme Step By Step

Next in the category of WordPress Tutorials, I will take a look at how to install a WordPress Theme by uploading it from your desktop.

This simple method is straightforward and can be used for any theme that you want to use, whether it is from the excellent free selection available at wordpress.org (which I will assume for the purpose of this tutorial), whether it is free from anywhere else, or indeed, it is a premium theme that you have purchased.

As I mentioned when discussing WordPress Themes you should not automatically discount a theme because you have to pay for it even if there are a huge number of free options, you pay for a reason.

Many premium themes offer a great look combined with outstanding flexibility and other options. If you missed my introduction to WordPress, then click the link as a starting point.

As I commented when talking about the uploading of WordPress Plugins the use of FTP is an option for uploading too but I will not be covering that for themes because there is simply no need to do it using the FTP method.

Step 1

WordPress theme
WordPress theme

Go to Worpress.org and click on ‘Themes’, or click on this link. This will present you with this page.

You now have a choice which I have highlighted with two arrows. The arrow on the left of the page points at a search box. Use this if you know the name of the theme that you want. The arrow on the right points at a link that you should click on if you do not know the name but do have an idea of the type of theme that you want.

This link is important as it narrows down your search substantially. As you can see at the time of writing this article there are over 1600 different themes to choose from so I would strongly suggest narrowing down your search. Clicking this link takes you to the page you see below.

As you can see you now have different criteria by which you can select an appropriate theme.

Step 2

WordPress theme
WordPress theme

When you have identified a theme which you feel would be the best one for your needs then click on it and this will take you to a page which will allow you to preview a larger image of the theme. You can also see here the ratings given to it by other users.

Note you will also have another opportunity to preview the theme later when you have uploaded it.

If you are happy with the theme then hit the ‘Download’ and save the file onto your computer. It doesn’t matter where you save it as long as you remember where it is. There is no need to unzip it.

Step 3

WordPress theme

Next log in to your WordPress site and from the dashboard click on ‘Appearance’, then ‘Themes’, then ‘Install Themes’, then ‘Upload, then ‘Browse’. Now go to the folder or location where you saved the downloaded theme, open it, and click ‘Install now’.

Step 4

Once uploaded you can now simply activate it or, you can click for a live preview to double-check that it is the one you want.

You’re done.

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