Probably by now you have taken a look at your newly installed WordPress but don’t know what to do next. One of the most important things that you need to do when installing WordPress in your site is to make your blog look pretty, thus install WordPress theme. There are two options where you can do this second step to installing WordPress and they are as follows.
So you have hunted high and low and found the perfect WordPress theme. Now you need to know how to install WordPress theme or it will just be a pretty file collecting dust on your hard drive.
Installing a WordPress theme is not as complicated as many people think it is. The thing that tends to confuse people is that there are two different methods you can use when trying to figure out how to install WordPress theme.
Manually install WordPress theme
First I will go over how to install WordPress theme manually to help you get familiar with the WordPress structure.
The first option is to search for best WordPress themes. Make sure you choose something that would make it look good not just for your eyes but as well as others. Once you’ve chosen which type of WordPress theme you would want to use, download it to your computer. After that you need to extract the files and use an FTP client. Put your address, username and password and then hit ‘Enter’. The next thing that you need to do is to find the public_html folder or your domain folder and click on it. In order for you to upload your WordPress theme, click on the file that says ‘wp-content’ and click on the ‘themes’ folder. Once done, drag the folder of your theme to it. Now what you should do next is to go to wp-admin to log in to your beautified WordPress blog.
After your all FTP’d out you will want to go back to your browser and log into your WordPress blog on your site.You will then go to the Appearance’ option on the left side menu and select the ‘Themes’ option.At this point you should be able to see your theme listed as an option. If not then you probably uploaded it as a folder within a folder and will need to double check it. You should now be able to preview and then activate your theme by selecting the appropriate options listed under your theme.
Automatically install WordPress theme
If you are lazy like me you will want to let WordPress do all the work for you. So now we will learn how to install WordPress theme by letting WordPress get down and dirty.
Starting from WordPress Version 2.7 onwards. You can now install WordPress themes straight from your admin section. Once logged in into the backend, go Appearance –> Add Themes. From here you can search through WordPress own back catalogue of templates. After choosing one it is just a few simple clicks and follow the steps to install it.
However you may not always be able to find the template you are looking for through this catalogue. Often it is hard to gauge just how well it will look on your site from a tiny thumbnail. In instances like this you can surf around the web looking for free WordPress themes.
To put WordPress to work you will need to first log into your blog. will navigate to the ‘Appearance’ option on the left side of the menu. Next you are going to click on the ‘Themes’ option located under the ‘Appearance’ tab.
Once you are under the ‘Themes’ section, you will see ‘Manage Themes’ at the top of the page. Next to the ‘Manage Themes’ tab you will see the ‘Install Themes’ tab which will probably be grayed out. You will want to click on the ‘Install Themes’ tab to make it the active tab.
Now you have a couple options here.
Option one is that you don’t have a theme in mind yet and want to search for one. In this case you will select the options you are looking for and click Search. Once you have the results up on screen you can scroll through until you find one that you like and want to use. At this point it is only a matter of previewing the theme to make sure it is what you are looking for and if it is, then you can click Install and let WordPress do its magic.
Option two assumes that you have already downloaded the theme you want to use. In this case you will want to select the Upload option that you will find available under the ‘Install Themes’ tab. Once you have selected the Upload option you will want to browse to the theme file you downloaded and select it. (Yes WordPress will even unzip the file for you. How’s that for service!) Then it is just a matter of clicking ‘Install Now’ and let WordPress go to town.
I prefer to let WordPress do the dirty work and install the themes for me. But it is a good idea to get familiar with FTP’ing to your site and taking a look at how things are structured within WordPress. That way if you have to edit, alter or repair your WordPress theme you will know how to find your way around the WordPress world.
Once you know how to install WordPress theme you will wonder why it seemed like such a complicated task. You may even find yourself customizing and making your own WordPress themes.
Learning how to install WordPress themes just becomes second nature after a while. Especially once you work out the WordPress directory structure. Plus don’t forget that once you settle on a nice looking theme, you rarely change it again!