Saturday, May 8, 2021

How to Install a WordPress Theme

How to Install a WordPress Theme in 6 Easy Steps

In this article, I’ll take you through all of the easy steps you need to take so that you too can learn how to install a WordPress theme. All of these different designs come directly from the WordPress themes directory. And what’s nice about this directory is that all of the designs you find are completely free. Plus, once you know how to search for, and install a new blog design, it will be a piece of cake to change your theme whenever you want to from here on out.

So here’s what to do:

Step 1: Log-in to the administrative area of your WordPress blog.

Step 2: Once you’re logged in look over on the left hand side of the screen and locate a heading that says “Appearance”. If you don’t see any links underneath this heading, click on the arrow just to the right of the word “Appearance”. This will then drop-down the list of links located underneath this section.

Step 3: Locate the link that says “Add New Themes” and click on that link.

Step 4: The right hand side of your screen will then load up with multiple different search options. The easiest way to find a design is to enter in a word or a phrase that either relates to your website or that describes a color you’d like to use for your blog design. You can enter this term in the search box at the top of the screen.

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Below this search box is a list of check-boxes and their descriptions. This is helpful to use if you’d like to get a little more detailed with your theme. For instance, you can search for only those designs that are 2-columns wide, ones that are a specific color, ones that have a fixed or fluid width, ones that come with certain features and so on.

If you’re just starting out, these additional options may seem a little overwhelming at first so take some time to play around with these different sections and see what kinds of themes are displayed so that you can start to figure out what you like and what you don’t like about the different styles.

Step 5: After you’ve entered in your search criteria, and searched for a design, the themes matching your criteria will be displayed. To see what the theme would look like click the “Preview” link below the design you’re interested in. Additionally you can also click on the image itself which will also bring up a preview.

Step 6: Once you’ve found one you’re happy with click the “Install” link just below the design you like. This will bring up an additional screen which will ask you to confirm that you do in fact want to install the design you’ve chosen. Click on the “Install now” button which is located on your right.

WordPress will then go out and get the theme for you. This is all done automatically on the back end side of your server so you don’t have to worry about doing anything technical whatsoever.

Once it’s finished installing, you’ll be given three options. You can preview the new design, activate it, or return to the theme installer to search for more designs.

The “Preview” link in this instance will show you a preview of what your newly selected design will look like on your live site. If you’re happy with it, then you can click “Activate” which means it will be live on your website as soon as you click that link.

And that’s all there is to installing a WordPress theme on your own blog! But, here’s a handy little tip to help you out.

If you head back to your main administrative area and go back to the “Appearance” section where we were before, you can click on “Themes” and this will show you all of the themes you’ve installed so far. If at any time you want to change the look of your blog again, just click “Activate” underneath any of the already-installed themes and your site design will change instantly.

So now you know how to install your very own WordPress theme and even how to change the look of your blog quickly in the future.

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