Beginner’s Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

Want to master the WordPress theme uploading process?

Here, we offer a comprehensive instruction for smoothly installing a WordPress theme as part of our ongoing effort to broaden the scope of our WordPress tutorial. Getting WordPress themes up and running can be done using the Dashboard or FTP tools, just like installing WordPress plugins. We’ll walk you through both techniques in this guide. However, I strongly advise you to read through the following material first. It serves as a crucial introduction to the WordPress universe.

But before we get started, take a moment to look at some of the best places to find WordPress themes. In spite of the abundance of free options, I would personally prefer premium themes, especially if you want to develop a professional WordPress blog:

  • Free Themes can be found in the official WordPress Theme Directory.
  • WordPress theme Genesis (a model for SEO optimization)
  • WordPress theme Astra (lauded for its fast speed)
  • The GeneratePress theme (a popular choice for 2020)

Naturally, before letting your WP Theme go on your live site, you might wish to start the WordPress installation procedure locally.

For those who are unaware, Twenty Twenty is currently the default theme you receive when installing WordPress.

Through the WP dashboard, you have the freedom to browse themes directly from the WordPress free themes database. The following two techniques can also be used to safely store and easily upload any theme’ file.

Guide to Install WordPress theme from Dashboard:

I’m assuming that you’ve obtained a WordPress theme from the official repository by this time.

Most premium theme clubs provide their themes in the handy.Zip file, making it simple for you to install the WordPress theme of your choice right from your dashboard.

Let’s now go over what to do if you have the theme file in.Zip format and want to add it to your individual WordPress blog that is hosted on your own server.

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

  • Login to your WordPress
  • Navigate to Appearance> Themes > Add new
    Here is a screenshot for the procedure:

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

Click the “Upload Theme” button when you reach the following page. The previously downloaded WordPress theme in.Zip format will then need to be uploaded.

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

The moment you click “Install Now,” your theme will quickly upload and easily install onto your server. The theme activation choice will show up on the following screen as follows:

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

Take advantage of the opportunity to see your website with the new design before activating the theme by clicking “Preview.” Please be aware that occasionally, and this is a common occurrence, the preview may not be totally accurate and may reveal inaccuracies. Activate the theme to watch it come to life on your website if it has no effect on your live site.

How to upload theme to WordPress using FTP:

Here’s a technique I like to use in especially when managing multiple theme installations or theme updates. When your server’s security settings prevent theme and plugin installations through the dashboard, the FTP method comes in handy.

The FTP approach shows up as a helpful alternative if you experience issues when trying to install themes through the dashboard. In essence, it involves manually installing WordPress themes.

You’ll need access to FTP through your cPanel or an FTP program like FileZilla to start the FTP method for theme installation. Additionally, files requires the use of software like WinRAR.

Bypassing the dashboard and uploading the theme straight to your “themes” folder, we use the FTP technique. The themes folder is found in the “wp-content” directory of your WordPress directory.

Unpacking the theme:

As was already noted, the majority of theme clubs use WordPress’ support compression to bundle themes format. As a result, you must unzip the theme folder.

Install the free version of WinRAR from the official website if you don’t have the required software. Once the theme has been installed, choose to unzip it by selecting it with the right mouse click, as seen here:

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

Then, sign into your FTP manager and go to the “wp-content/Themes” folder or the location of your WordPress installation. Directly upload the unzipped folder. In this case, I’m uploading the unzipped folder directly to my server.

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

Your theme has now been uploaded to your server following the steps outlined above. It’s now time to preview and turn on the theme.

How to activate WordPress theme:

You can access all of your installed themes from your WP dashboard, regardless of how you installed the theme—via the dashboard or through FTP.

Themes may be found under “Appearance” > “Themes,” where you can view a complete list of every theme that has been installed on your blog. From this interface, feel free to preview or activate any theme.

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

How to delete/uninstall WordPress themes:

Let’s move on to the chore of uninstalling unused WordPress themes now that you are proficient in installing them.

There are two methods for getting a WordPress theme removed, much like when installing a theme.

As seen in the image above, select “Appearance” > “Themes” and select “Delete” next to the theme you want to get rid of.

Avoid immediately uninstalling your live theme, is some advice. Instead, change to a different theme before removing the current one.

Beginner's Guide to Upload and Install WordPress Theme (Visual Instructions)

A different option is to access your FTP Manager, find the “wp-content/Themes” directory, and delete the desired theme there.

In my opinion, the dashboard option works out to be the easiest method for getting rid of unneeded themes.

A word of caution: Make sure you export and import any SEO elements from your current WordPress theme into your new theme if you’re switching from it.

In any event, I hope that this article on installing WordPress themes gives you the confidence to advance farther in the WordPress universe. Please get in touch if you have any special questions concerning WordPress.

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