How to Install Theme on WordPress

How to install theme on WordPress in 5 Steps

  • Download the theme.

    Download the theme archive.


  • Extract the files.

    When you first get the theme, it will appear in a compressed file format such as zip or tar.gz. On Windows, use a program like 7-Zip to extract it. On the Mac, you can use Stuffit Expander. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files. Follow the guidelines provided by your theme author.


  • Upload the folder.

    Using an FTP client to access your host web server, create a directory to contain your theme in the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress. For example, a theme named iwt00104 should be in wp-content/themes/iwt00104. Your theme may provide this directory as part of the archive. Upload the theme files to the new directory on your host server.


  • Adding New Themes using cPanel.

    If your host offers the cPanel control panel, and the theme files are in a .zip or .gz archive follow these instructions. Note: This assumes the theme you download is a compressed (zip) file and the files in the zip file are in their ‘named’ folder.

    1. Download the theme zip file to your local machine.
    2. In cPanel File Manager, navigate to your themes folder. If you have WordPress installed in it’s own folder called wordpress, you would navigate to ‘public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes’ and if WordPress is installed in your web-root folder you would navigate to ‘public_html/wp-content/themes’.
    3. Once you’ve navigated to the themes folder in cPanel File Manager, click on Upload file(s) and upload that zip file you saved in Step 1.
    4. Once the zip file is uploaded, click on the zip file name in cPanel, then in the panel to the right, click on Extract File Contents, and that zip file will be uncompressed.
    5. Follow the instructions below for selecting the new theme.


  • Adding New Themes using the Administration Panel.

    You can download themes directly to your blog by using the Add New Themes option in the Appearance sub-menu.

    1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
    2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
    3. Select Add New Themes
    4. Use the sub-menu or the Search or Filter options to locate a theme you would like to use.
    5. Click on the Preview link to preview the theme or the Install link to upload the theme to your blog.
    6. Use the Upload link in the top sub-menu to upload a zipped copy of a theme that you have previously downloaded to your machine.


  • Selecting the Active Theme.

    To select a theme for your site:

    1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
    2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
    3. From the Available Themes section, click on the theme title (or theme screenshot) for the theme you wish to activate.
    4. A preview of the theme will be shown.
    5. To activate the theme click the Activate ‘Theme Name’ link in the top right.

    Your selection should immediately become active.

    Note: If the theme preview is blank, do not activate the new theme without investigating further. Your site may not be displayed correctly, otherwise.

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