Are you looking to installing a WordPress theme on your website? As a beginner, you probably have heard about lots of available free and paid WordPress themes. As you’re starting out, you may want to try out a few themes on your site until you find the right one that meets your needs. In this article, I will show you with detailed step by step instructions on how to install a WordPress theme for beginners.
In short, How to install a WordPress theme
- You could use the integrated theme search engine.
Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New now choose from the presented options.
- You could upload a theme you’ve downloaded or purchased from a third party theme provider.
Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme; Choose the theme file, located on your computer.
#1: Installing a WordPress Theme from the WordPress.org Theme Directory
First of all, Go to Admin Dashboard Panel. You can either hover the mouse pointer over the Appearance button, then choose Themes(as shown in the image below). Or just click on Appearance.
#2: Add New Theme
Now, you will be able to see all the themes that have been already installed. If you are coming here for the first time, they should be only the three or two basic themes of WordPress. WordPress install them automatically.
Click on the Add New button above the other themes. Of course, you can click on the huge Add New Theme button.
You will be given a list of themes. And again, you are presented with two options to choose from:
- You can use the search field and type the name or the purpose you want the theme to have. The purpose could be something like News or Business. The results you will receive are from the WordPress.org theme directory. If you find what you are looking for hover over the theme image you like. Again, you will be presented a number of options. You can either preview the theme or just click install. Wait for the installation to finish and click Activate.
- Also, you can find a theme by using the Featured, Popular, Latest, Favorites or the Feature Filter sections. For example, you can search for News, Two columns theme that supports Post Formats. Simply check those tags and press the Apply Filters button.
That’s all – you can go to the front page of your site to see how it looks!
#2: Manually Uploading a Theme From Your Computer
Let’s say you’ve bought a theme, or downloaded one from a third party theme provider. To upload it to your site, you have to go to Themes. Then click Add New. This is the same as the first step from the previous method. Even without moving the mouse you can click on Upload Theme.
A menu will show. Click the Choose File button, select the archive of your theme from your computer and press the Install Now button. WordPress will finish the operation automatically for you. Just click Activate afterward.