How to install a WordPress Theme on your WordPress website | WP Absolute

Hi I'm Joseph from WP Absolute and in this video I'll be showing you three ways to install a WordPress theme on your WordPress website With any new or dated website you will likely want to change what your website looks like

A WordPress theme is what controls the visual layout of your WordPress site A well-designed theme that matches your brand's identity will enhance your brand WordPress themes are interchangeable and you can change it very easily This guide covers the three most common ways to install a WordPress theme We will be installing a theme from theme directory, uploading a theme and manually installing a theme using FTP

Before you begin, it is important to know that when you change your theme, it will completely change the look and functionality of your website Keep this in mind And make sure that you have created a backup in case you need to revert back You may also lose functionality if certain features like page builders or image sliders are baked into the previous theme Keep that in mind

Install option 1 Installing a theme using WordPress theme search By far the simplest and most straightforward way of installing a theme is by searching the built-in WordPress directory in the back-end of your website The WordPress theme directory has well over 5,000 themes freely available for you to use Though the downside to using the theme directory is that it does not include all of the other premium theme providers like ThemeForest or our own trisense theme in this list

If you have a theme from an external source or downloaded one, then you'll have to use one of the other install methods in the later parts of this video Step 1 Log in to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Appearance, Themes side menu item If you do not see the appearance menu then you might not have sufficient privileges to install WordPress themes If this is the case then you will need to ask an admin user of your site to increase your access privileges so that you can install them

Click the add new button at the top of the page On this page you will see a list of featured themes You can switch between featured, popular, latest or favorites in the bar at the top You can filter even further by clicking on the feature filter and selecting which features the theme should have If you know what you want, you can easily use the search bar to find themes that match your search term

Enter either the themes name or a keyword for WordPress to automatically begin searching the WordPress theme directory Once you have found the theme that you want to install, hover over the thumbnail and click on the install button next to the theme name to begin installing the theme This will take a short moment and you will be able to click the activate button once the install is complete You will not be able to use your theme until it has been installed and activated Once you click the activate button, the theme is now live on your site

Success! Your new theme is installed and ready to start using How easy was that!? If you think so, please give this video a thumbs up From here you should be able to customize your theme using the appearance customize page Theme install option two Install theme via WordPress admin theme upload

Premium and other third-party themes are not in the WordPress theme directory This means you are unable to search and install them as instructed in the previous part of this video So you have to install them from the theme upload area in your admin panel This part of the tutorial teaches you how to install themes from your computer using the upload theme field First step is to make sure you have your theme downloaded as a zip file on your computer

Log in to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Appearance, Themes link in the side menu to go to your themes page At the top of the page, click on the add new button and click on the upload theme button This will reveal a box where you can browse for your theme zip on your computer Click on the Install Now button once you have found and selected the theme on your computer The page will redirect you to the theme install status page

The theme will be uploaded, unpacked and installed to your WordPress website Once it is complete, you will be able to click the Activate Theme button to begin using your new theme Success! Your new theme is installed and ready to start using If this option worked for you, please let me know by clicking the thumbs up button on this video Again, you should be able to customize your theme using the appearance customize page

Some themes will include their own theme options page usually in the appearance sub menu Theme install option three Manually installing a WordPress theme using FTP In some cases your WordPress hosting provider may have certain restrictions that prevent you from being able to upload the theme through the admin area If this is the case then you can install your theme by uploading it using a file transfer protocol or FTP program

FTP'ing into your server is the least easiest way to install a theme for beginners but it is fairly straightforward when following these steps Your theme needs to be on your computer in a zip file format you will also need an FTP application such as FileZilla to be able to connect to your WordPress hosting server First step is to make sure you have your theme downloaded as a zip file on your computer

Extract the theme zip file folder on your computer It should extract into a folder with the same name as the zip file The folder is what we will be transferring to your hosting server Open up your FTP application and connect your hosting server If you are unsure of your FTP server address or username and password, then you should contact your hosting provider

You now need to navigate to the themes folder The themes folder is located inside the wp-content folder If you do not see the wp-content folder, you may need to first go to the base directory The base directory is usually found at public_html Once you're in there, you'll be able to find the wp-content themes folder

Now navigate to where you extracted your themes folder stored on your computer and drag the entire folder into your themes folder in the FTP application This will take a short moment to upload all of the contents of the theme folder While you're waiting, give this video a quick thumbs up When the theme is finished uploading, you'll need to activate it in the admin backend of your website Log in to your WordPress admin and navigate to the Appearance, Themes page In the sidebar

You will see your newly uploaded theme available there ready to be activated Click on the activate link on your newly uploaded theme Success! That was nice and easy right? Let me know by clicking the thumbs up button Your new theme is installed and ready to start using From here you should be able to customize your theme using the Appearance, Customize page

Some themes will include their own theme options page usually in the appearance sub-menu Setting up your theme varies on a per theme basis so you'll have to scout out the next steps for yourself Good themes will have tutorials and documentation to truly dig into your new theme Hopefully this tutorial helped you gain a good understanding on how to install a WordPress theme for yourself If you haven't already, please show your appreciation by liking this video

The next step after installing a theme is to tweak it If you found that there are certain functions you are trying to achieve that is not built into your theme already then you may need to install a WordPress plugin to get what you are after Watch our other video on how to install a WordPress plugin and also check out our top recommended WordPress plugins on our website https://wpabsolutecom If you are wanting to grow your website then you will not want to miss out on installing these plugins

Need extra help installing a WordPress theme on your website? Let us know what you need help with in the comments below Don't forget to watch our other WordPress tutorial videos and subscribe to stay up to date with the latest Thanks for watching and I'll see you next time

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