Last Updated on May 13, 2020 by Henry Ibeleme
You’ve created a blog and now looking to install a WordPress theme? Then you’re on the right page.
There are thousands of themes available on WordPress, both paid and free. Most of the time, you might have to experiment with a handful of them before settling for the ideal package.
In this guide, I am going to guide you on how you can easily install a WordPress theme on your blog without issues.
When it comes to installing a theme, there are three ways to go about it. I will cover the three ways in this article, so you can choose the method that works best for you.
Before we proceed, it is worth knowing that installing a WordPress theme will change the overall appearance of your blog. before you install a blog theme, make sure it has all the functionalities you want like:
- Header and footer
- Loading time
- Plugins compatibility, etc.
Without further ado, let’s begin the tutorial on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Table of Contents
- Method 1: Install Through The Admin Theme Search
- Method 2: Install A WordPress Theme Using The Upload Feature
- Method 3: Installing A WordPress Theme Via FTP
- Frequently Asked Questions Regarding How To Install A Wordpress Theme
Method 1: Install Through The Admin Theme Search
This method is the easiest and the typical route I always follow when installing a new theme. The first thing you need to do is log into your WordPress dashboard, hover to Appearance >> Themes and click on “Add New” button.
The process is almost similar to when installing a new plugin. On the new page, you will see featured WordPress themes, or you can use the search box to look for specific blog themes like Astra. Astra is one of the best themes in the blogging community, and it ensures you start blogging on the right foundation.
If perhaps Astra isn’t what you’re looking for, you can use the Feature Filter to find specific themes based on their features like subject, features, and layout. Tick the boxes so the system can recommend themes with those features or functionalities.
When you have found your dream theme, click on “install.”
After a successful installation, you will receive a welcome message from WordPress, and a new button that says, “Activate” or “Live Preview.”
Every theme is unique and different. Your new theme might require an additional configuration that you will need to set. For instance, most themes come with additional or recommended plugins that would enhance its features. If your blog is pretty new, you can even import some demo data as it helps for easy customization.
To customize your theme, go to “Appearance,” then “Customize.” If you’re using Astra theme, there will be another button called “Astra Options.” With these, you will be able to utterly customized your theme to your taste.
Method 2: Install A WordPress Theme Using The Upload Feature
There are times when you already have a theme downloaded in your system. It could be a theme you developed yourself or downloaded from a theme store.
In that case, installing it would require a different procedure. Don’t worry; it is even easier than the first method. The first method guided you on how to install a WordPress theme through the admin area; here is another approach on how to install a WordPress theme using the upload feature.
First of all, you need to ensure that the file is on a zip file format.
After that, log into your WordPress dashboard, Appearance >> Themes.
At the top of the page, you will see “Add New.”
Click on the page; another page would open. Since you have the theme in your system already, using the “Upload Theme” button.
To make the process faster, drag the file and into the “Upload Theme” button. Then click on the “Install Now” button.
Like the previous method, you will get a welcome message from WordPress, and an option to activate the theme. Some themes would require an additional plugin to function correctly; some won’t. After you have successfully activated the theme, you can then proceed to customize it.
If you’re using a free hosted WordPress blog, you won’t be able to see this feature. In that case, I would urge you to purchase a hosting plan and a domain name from Namecheap. A .com domain is $8.88 for a year, while shared hosting is $17.28.
Method 3: Installing A WordPress Theme Via FTP
If you’re born to have adventure and hate taking the easy route, then this method would appeal to you. If you’re still pretty new, I won’t recommend this method. But if you versed in FTP, then forge ahead.
To install a WordPress theme using FTP, you need first to have the theme file in your computer, then unzip it. This would create a new folder with the name of the theme.
To successfully install this theme on your blog, you will need to work with an FTP client like FileZilla.
Once are on, go to the /wp-content/themes/folders. In here, you will see all the folders of themes you have in your WordPress blog.
From your unzipped theme file on your computer, upload it on your website. Very easy!
When you log into your WordPress dashboard, you should see the theme when you go to Appearance>> Themes. You can proceed to activate and then customize it to your taste.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding How To Install A Wordpress Theme
Can I activate more than one WordPress theme?
You can only use one theme at a time. However, you can install as many themes as possible. I won’t advise that since you will have to update them continually, and might even take up spaces in your server.
Should I use a free or paid theme?
If you’re starting on a lean budget, there are lots of free themes that you can use. Perhaps later, you can pay a few more bucks and upgrade to a premium theme. But if you have some cash to spend now, Astra is what I would recommend.
What’s the best theme for my niche?
There are thousands of themes available for WordPress users. It can be pretty confusing when it comes to choosing the ideal one for your niche. If you’re a beginner, please try and keep it simple. As you grow, you will select a more advance and sophisticated theme. However, ensure the theme is responsive and has a fast loading speed.
I saw a theme I like on another blog, can I use it?
If it is not a custom theme, then the answer is YES. To find out the name of the theme the blog is using, you can use this wpthemedetector.com
When you put the name of the blog, the website would be able to detect the theme’s name. Also, there will be a link on how to download it.
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