How to Install a WordPress Theme
You can install a new WordPress theme to give your blog an entirely new look directly through your WordPress dashboard.
Keep in mind, when you switch your blog to a new theme, all of the elements might not appear where you want them to. You might have to take some time to reconfigure widgets, resize some images, and more. Therefore, it’s a good idea to test drive a new theme before you make it live on your blog. Use a WordPress plugin like the WP Maintenance Mode plugin to get a behind the scenes peak of how your redesigned blog will look with the new theme before you activate it.
Just follow the five easy steps below to install a new theme, and your blog will look better than ever!
1. Log into Your WordPress Account
The first step is to log into your WordPress account and go to your main WordPress dashboard.
2. Click the Appearance Link in the Left Sidebar, Then Click on the Themes Link
Second, click on the Appearance link in the left sidebar of your WordPress dashboard. A flyout menu will appear where you need to click on the Themes link. You’ll be taken to the Manage Themes page for your WordPress blog.
3. Search for a Theme or Add a New Theme
On the Manage Themes page, you’ll see images and details for each of the WordPress themes that are already installed for your blog. To use one of these themes, just click the Install button. You can also click the preview button to get a sneak peak at how your blog will look with the new theme.
If the theme you want to use isn’t already installed, click the Add New button to the right of the Themes title at the top of the page. This will open the Add Themes page.
4. Search for a New Theme
On the Add Themes page, you can click on the links in the navigation bar below the Add Themes title to find featured and popular themes from the WordPress Themes Directory as well as the latest themes, which are the themes that were added most recently to the directory.
Keep in mind, these themes are created by third parties who have chosen to make them available for free through the directory. Be sure to view the details and reviews before you install one of these themes. Some are coded and work better than others.
Click the Feature Filter link to filter your results by color, layout, features, and subject. You can also enter keywords into the search box to find themes. When you find a theme you like, just click the Install button to switch your blog to that theme.
5. Upload a New Theme
If you use WordPress.org rather than WordPress.com (or pay for the necessary WordPress.com upgrades), you can upload and install a free, premium, or custom WordPress theme from any third party.
From the Add Themes page, click the Upload Theme button to the right of the Add Themes title at the top of the page. You’ll be taken to a new page with a Browse button. Click the Browse button and find the theme’s .zip file on your desktop. Select the file and click the Install Now button.
Your theme won’t be active on your live blog until you install and select it. Be prepared to spend some time making edits so all of the elements on your blog display the way you want them to.