How to Install a WordPress Theme : Beginners Guide

How to Install a WordPress Theme

Are you looking for the best method to install a WordPress theme? Here you’ll find all the possible techniques and the easiest way to install a theme in WordPress.

There are 7452 themes available in the WordPress repository when I choose the latest in the WordPress admin area.

Apart from this, thousands of themes available on the internet with free and paid options—all you have to choose which theme is suitable for your website.

In this beginners guide we provide step by step instructions on how to install a WordPress theme.

Install a Theme from WordPress Dashboard Using Search:

If you’re looking to use free and freemium themes that are available in WordPress repository, then you can easily access them through the admin search box.
First, you need to login into your WordPress website dashboard by giving login details, next select appearance >> Themes and click on add new button.

install theme from wordpress admin


Here you can find all themes under featured, popular, latest, and favorites categories. If you can’t find a suitable theme, then you can select any other theme by filtering features from the feature filter.

add themes in wordpress admin


Click on feature filter, check required boxes, and click on apply filters to get themes under those filters.

apply filters on wordpress theme


Hover mouse on the theme which you want to install and click on the install button to complete the installation.

Once installation completed, you can activate your theme by clicking on the Activate button, or else you can test the theme look on your site with a live preview option.

activate wordpress theme


To exactly get the look shown in the preview, you need to customize the theme . To do that after activation, click on the customize button.

customize wordpress theme

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Install a Theme Using Upload Method in WordPress Admin:

As we said before, there are thousands of themes that are not available in the WordPress repository. To install those themes, you need to upload them through WordPress admin.

Before uploading the theme you’ve to download it from the official provider in .zip format.

Now navigate through appearance >> themes and click on add new button.

Click on the upload theme and choose the file from your computer, then click on the Install now button.

upload wordpress theme in zip format

After successful installation, you’ll see a live preview, activate links. Click on activate to apply theme on your website.

activate wordpress theme from uploaded file


As we said before, depending upon the theme, you need further customizations to get an exact look, which was mentioned by the theme developer. To do that, click on the Customize option.

Install a WordPress Theme Using FTP Method:

This method requires some other setup like an FTP software to log in to your WordPress installation directory to install the theme.

The above method is for advanced users who are familiar with FTP.
First of you need to download .zip file from the theme provider and unzip it using extracting software.

Now you’ll get a folder with the same theme name. You’ve to upload this whole folder into the WordPress themes directory.

Now connect to your website by using FTP credentials like server address, username, password, and port number. You’ll get all these details from your hosting provider.

After connecting navigate to WordPress/wp-content/themes folder. In the themes folder, you’ll find out all the installed themes.

Most of the FTP software provides side by side panels to upload files from your local site(computer) to remote location (web hosting).

Select your unzipped theme and drag it to the themes folder. If you find it challenging to do it, then right-click on the theme folder and click on upload.

upload wordpress theme through FTP

After getting successful transfer login to your WordPress admin area and select appearance,>> themes. Here you’ll find the uploaded theme through FTP. Hover the mouse to theme and click on the activate button.

That’s it now you’re able to use the theme on the website, you can customize that theme as per your need

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