How To Upload and Install WordPress Theme?
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We’re expanding our WordPress guide, and this time we’ll walk you through the process of installing a WordPress theme from beginning to end. The Dashboard or FTP software can be used to install WordPress themes, just like plugins. We will walk you through both methods, but first, please read the following guide to help you get started with WordPress.
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Before we continue with this guide, here are some resources for downloading WordPress themes. Though there are many free WordPress themes available, I always recommend purchasing a premium one if you want to start a professional blog on WordPress:
However, you should install WordPress locally and test your WP Theme before making the new theme live on your website.
To begin, when we install WordPress, we are given the default WordPress theme, which is Twenty twenty-two at the moment. Using the WP dashboard, you can always search for themes in the WordPress free themes directory.
How to Install a WordPress Theme from the Dashboard?
I’m assuming you’ve already downloaded the WordPress theme from the official repository. Most premium theme clubs typically provide Themes in Zip format, which you can use to install WP themes directly from the dashboard.
Assume you’ve downloaded the theme in Zip format and want to install it on your self-hosted WordPress blog. Browse and select any Theme and click on Download button to download the theme files in the Zip format.
- Log in to your WordPress Site.
- Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New
- Click on the Upload Themes button and browse to the theme downloaded earlier.
- When you click the Install Now button, your theme will be uploaded and installed on your server. On the following screen, you will see an option to activate the theme, which looks like this:
You can preview your site with a new design before activating the theme by clicking on Preview. It is common for the preview to not provide an exact preview and to display some error. So, even if it isn’t your live site, you can activate and see the theme in action on your site.
How do I use FTP to upload a theme to WordPress?
When installing multiple themes or editing themes, this is one method I prefer. When your server security prevents you from installing themes and plugins from the dashboard, you can use the FTP method.
When installing themes from the dashboard, an error message is displayed. Furthermore, the FTP method can be thought of as manual WordPress theme installation.
To begin with the FTP method of installing the theme, you will need an FTP software such as FileZilla or your cPanel should provide FTP access from the web panel. Apart from FTP, you’ll need software like WinRAR to unzip the .zip file.
We remove the theme and upload it directly to your themes folder using the FTP method. The WordPress themes folder is located in your WordPress directory’s WP-content folder.
As previously stated, most theme clubs package their themes in.zip format because WordPress currently supports.zip compression. As a result, you must unzip the theme folder.
If you don’t already have such software, download and install the free version of WinZIP from the official site. Once installed, right-click on the theme’s.zip folder and select unzip.
Log in to your FTP manager, navigate to the wp-content/Themes folder or your WordPress installation, and directly upload the unzipped folder. So, in that case, I’ll simply upload the Unzipped folder to my server. That’s it; your theme has now been uploaded to your server. It’s now time to test and activate the theme.
You can always browse all installed themes from your WP dashboard once you’ve installed the theme via the dashboard or FTP method.
Go to Appearance> Themes to see a list of all the themes that have been installed on your blog. You can preview or activate the theme right from this page.
We’ve already learned how to install a WordPress theme. It’s time to purge any unused WordPress themes. There are two ways to remove the WordPress theme, just as there are two ways to install it.
To uninstall a theme, go to Appearance> Themes and then click the delete button, as shown above. I strongly advise you to never directly delete your live theme. The theme is changed first, then any existing themes are deleted.
You can also use your FTP Manager to navigate to wp-content/Themes and delete the theme you want to remove. Personally, I believe that using the Dashboard method is the best way to get rid of unused themes.
Note: If you’re switching from an existing WordPress theme with SEO features, make sure to export and import it into your new theme.
Anyway, I hope this Install WordPress theme guide has helped you take another step towards WordPress. Please let us know if you have any specific WordPress-related questions.
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