Hey there, fellow WordPress user. I’m guessing you’re here because you browsed through the abundance of WordPress themes out there and picked the perfect WordPress theme for your fledgling WordPress site.
Now, you’re budding with excitement and rearing to get started installing your chosen theme on your WordPress site.
But…what do you do? How do you install a WordPress theme? And what the heck do you do after that to actually configure everything?
That’s what we’re aiming to help you with today. We’re going to spend the next 3,000 words or so showing you literally everything there is to know about how to install and set up a WordPress theme. And we’re going to do it all with heaps of screenshots and beginner-friendly tips so that you can easily following along with the whole process.
By the end of this guide, you’ll know how to:
- Install both free and premium WordPress themes
- Make your website look like the gorgeous demo site you saw
- Create a static homepage
- Customize your theme with the WordPress Customizer or a custom theme settings dashboard
- Add navigation menus to your site
- Add helpful widgets to your sidebars and footers
- Make advanced CSS and code changes
- Update your theme
- Get help with your theme when things go wrong
It’s a long guide and I know you’re excited to get your WordPress site up and running, so let’s jump right in to how to install your WordPress theme!
How to Install a WordPress Theme
Depending on the source of your WordPress theme, you may need to use one of two different methods to install a WordPress theme.
There are two broad sources of WordPress themes:
If you found your theme at WordPress.org, use Method 1 to install your free theme. You don’t need anything other than the name of your chosen name.
If you bought your theme or downloaded a free theme from a third-party source, use Method 2. For these situations, you should have a .zip file that contains your theme.
Method 1: How to Install a WordPress Theme from WordPress.org
If you found your theme at WordPress.org, you can install it directly from your WordPress dashboard without needing to upload any files.
To get started, log in to your WordPress dashboard (that is, go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin). Then, go to Appearance → Themes in the sidebar and click the Add New button:
Then, search for the name of the theme that you want to install and click the Install button:
WordPress will now automatically install the theme on your site. Once the
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WPKube.