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Installing WordPress Themes

Different ways to install WP Themes

Updated: January 25, 2021
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress Installing Themes

Are you looking to install a new WordPress Theme?

The default theme included with your WordPress might work for some but you can install your own WordPress theme to change the look and style of your site. You may want just want to try out a few themes on your site until you find the right one that meet your needs

How to Install a WordPress Theme

WordPress Theme

This method allows you to install free themes that are available in the WordPress.org theme’s directory. To install your themes, click on "Appearance" » "Themes" in the WordPress Dashboard. Once on the "Themes" page, click on the "Add New" button at the top. On the next screen, you will be able to select from
>> Featured WordPress Themes
>> Popular WordPress themes
>> Latest WordPress themes
>> Search for a specific theme
>> Search for themes with specific features

When you see the theme that you want to install, simply bring your mouse on top of the image. This will reveal the install button, preview button, and details button. Click the "Activate" button, you have installed and activated your WordPress theme. Depending on the Theme it may have additional settings and or options that you may need to setup either through the theme customizer or through a separate options panel

To upload a WP Theme

If you want to install a commercial “Premium” WordPress theme, Or what if you want to install a custom theme. To upload just click the "Upload" tab. You will be prompted to choose the zip file that you downloaded earlier. Select the file and click "Install" or "Activate". You will now see this theme listed as your current active theme

Adding Themes With cPanel

If the Theme files are in a .zip or .gz archive follow these instructions
Download the Theme .zip file to your local machine
In the cPanel File Manager, navigate into your "Themes" folder. If your WordPress is installed in the document root folder of your web server you would navigate to "public_html/wp-content/themes" and if you have WordPress installed in a sub-folder called wordpress, you would navigate to "public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes"
Once you have navigated to the Themes folder in cPanel File Manager, click on Upload file(s) and upload that .zip file
Once the .zip file is uploaded, click on the name of that file in cPanel, then in the panel to the right, click on "Extract File Contents", and that .zip file will be uncompressed
Follow the instructions below for Selecting the Active Theme

Adding Themes Manually with FTP

After downloading the Theme archive and extract the files it contains. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files. Follow the guidelines provided by your Theme author. Using an FTP client to access your host web server, create a directory to save your Theme in the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress. For example, a Theme named "rsh-theme" should be in wp-content/themes/rsh-theme
Your Theme may provide this directory as part of the archive. Upload the Theme files with a FTP program to the new directory in your website. Follow the instructions below for Selecting the Active Theme

Selecting the Active Theme

To select a Theme for your site Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel. Select the "Appearance" panel, then Themes. From the Themes panel, roll over the Theme thumbnail image for the Theme you are interested in to see options for that theme. You can view more information about any theme by clicking "Theme Details". A live preview of the Theme can be seen by clicking Live Preview. To activate the Theme click the Activate button

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