Installing A Theme On WordPress

Installing A Theme On WordPress
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Installing A Theme On WordPress

 

When you have your WordPress blog installed on your domain, you will see it automatically has a theme installed and you may want to change this and install your own theme.

There are plenty of themes available both paid and free. Themeforest, Studiopress and Pipdig all provide excellent high-quality themes.

To upload your own theme click ‘Appearance’ then ‘Themes’ then ‘Add New’

Themes Add New

Upload A Theme

Any theme you have will always be in a zipped folder, all you need to do is save this folder to your computer then upload it. You don’t have to unzip the folder, simply upload it as it is.

Choose Theme File

Choose your file by clicking the ‘choose file’ button and find the zipped theme file on your computer click ‘Install Now’ and wait for it to upload.

You will now need to click the ‘Activate’ link.

Activate Theme

Your new theme is now ready to customise and use.

You can customise it by clicking ‘Appearance’, then ‘Customise’:

Appearance Customise

Here you should be able to upload your logo if the theme permits and change the theme colour, add widgets and more.

It’s best to go through all the settings and get familiar with how it works. A live preview is usually visible on the right-hand side as you can see from the image from my site below:

Customising Theme

Always follow the theme documentation, this is usually provided by the developer. All themes are different and you will find it much easier to follow the instructions rather than trying to work it all out yourself.

If using a free theme, check the last time it was updated, if it hasn’t been updated for a long time I’d advise you not to use it. Always check that paid for themes are updated as well. If themes aren’t updated regularly the security of your site is compromised.

Installing A Theme On WordPress


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