How to Add a Theme to WordPress

The WordPress theme system is a way to change the design of your weblog. WordPress themes allow you to have control over the presentation of the material on your blog.

A WordPress theme may includes customized template files, image files, style sheets, custom pages and other code files. The WordPress theme changes the design of a WordPress weblog through the underlying software.

If you know CSS coding, you can build your own WordPress theme. There are many sites that allow you to download free WordPress themes. The WordPress Theme Directory is the official site where you can download WordPress themes. There are many themes available for download on the WordPress Theme Directory that will work with your WordPress installation. The website also allows you to search the themes with the filter and Tag interface. This feature allows you to search by colors, columns, width, features and subject.

Initially, every WordPress sites comes with two themes for your use,

Installing and adding a theme to your WordPress blog is a simple task. You can install a theme to your blog through FTP access or the WordPress Administration Panel.

To install your theme through FTP, follow the instructions below:

  • Go to WordPress Theme Directory and search for a theme.
  • When you have picked a WordPress theme, click on the Download button.

Download Theme

  • A Win zip dialog box will pop up on your screen. Select Save File and click on the OK button.

Theme Download

  • Right click on the folder and select Extract Here to unzip the content of the zip file to your computer. Click on the folder and upload the theme folder inside folder to wp-content/themes/.The template folder should be one folder with all the files.

Save Theme on Hard Drive

  • After you have uploaded the template folder, go to your WordPress blog’s dashboard. >> Appearance.

Wordpress Appearance

  • Click on Activate <theme name>.

Activate Theme

  • Your new theme is now activated.

Theme Activated

To install your theme through WordPress administration panel, follow the instructions below:

  • Go to your WordPress Administration panel >> Appearance.

Dashboard Appearance

  • Click on Add New Themes under the Appearance tab and it will take you to a page where you can install themes.

Add New Theme

  • Search for the theme by entering the keywords into the search box and click search. You can also filter a theme based on specific features by checking the boxes below.

Search Theme

  • After you have found the theme you want, click install.

Install Theme

  • A screen pop up will appear and prompt you for your confirmation to install the theme. Click on the Install Now button.

Install Theme Popup

  • When the theme is installed, click Activate It.

Activate Theme

  • Visit the homepage of your blog to see the new theme that you just assigned to your blog.

Theme Changed

By following the steps mentioned above, you will be able to add a theme to your WordPress blog. If you want to use a theme that is downloaded from another website, be sure to read through and follow the instructions provided by the theme developers in order to successfully install the theme on your blog.

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About the Author: Justin Belden is a freelance web & graphic designer with over 15 years' experience. He is also an Avid member of the Design/Development community and a Serial Blogger who loves to help people by sharing interesting and informative tips and trick related to computer and technology.

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