How to install WordPress theme in 5 minutes

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There are a ton of beautiful WordPress themes. That is why many people love using WordPress to start their website. Most importantly, it is easy to install a WordPress theme.

In this post, I give a detailed guide on how to install WordPress Theme if you are a newbie.

At present, we have three different ways to install a theme in WordPress. You can select one of 3 methods below depending on your circumstance.

Let’s get started.

Install themes on WordPress.com

This way is appropriate for installing themes on WordPress.com.

First, you access your WordPress Admin. Next, go to Appearance -> Themes

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Next, you need to click on Add New button

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On the next page, you enter theme name in search box. If you don’t know exactly the theme you want to install, you can use filter functionalities on the top of the screen.

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Once you find the theme, drag your mouse over the theme. Then, you will see install button and detail & Preview option. You can preview the theme. Keep in mind that preview isn’t always exact.

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Now, you need to click on Install button. After installing the theme, you will see two buttons which are Active and Live Preview. Click on Active button to use the theme for your website.

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You can use customize the theme by going to Appearance -> Customize. Some themes have separate theme options.

Install theme manually

Normally, premium themes from third parties aren’t on WordPress.com. In this case, they provide the theme as a zip file. You need to download this file.

For example, if you register a lifetime package at Theme Junkie, you can download any theme you want.

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After that, you need to go to Appearance -> Themes. Click on Add New button. Next, you need to click on Upload Themes.

Lastly, you select a zip file you just downloaded. Then you click on Install Now and active the theme.

Install theme by uploading theme to wp-content/themes folder

This method is used if you can’t install the theme by using two methods above.

First, you need to have a theme in a zip file format. You extract the file.

Next, you use an FTP client like FileZilla to connect to hosting. Locate your wp-content/themes folder. Upload all theme folder to wp-content/themes folder.

Once you are done, go to Appearances -> Themes. You will see the theme you just uploaded. Activate theme.

That’s all. Now you should know how to install a WordPress theme.

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