Installing Your New WordPress Theme

  • Posted on May 01, 2011

Important:
When you download your theme, the file will be named *ThemeName*_WP_Unzip.zip. Please unzip the file before installation (hence the file name). Your downloaded zip file contains graphic source files, documentation, and of course the theme installer.

See Example: Theme Package

There are two ways to install WordPress themes.

Method 1.) Direct Upload inside WP Admin Console
Method 2.) Using an FTP Client

Method 1 is just a matter of uploading the theme from your WordPress admin console.
Once logged in, navigate to Appearance → Themes and click the "Install Themes" tab. Click the "Upload" link and browse to the location where you extracted the package and upload *themename*.zip.

Method 2 is pretty straightforward. Using an FTP client is recommended. If the term FTP scares you, don't worry. It's no different than moving files and folders. Filezilla is a free and trusted FTP client.

Extract *themename*.zip to your local machine

Login via FTP to your web server and navigate to the /wp-content/themes/ folder

Upload the entire *themename* folder and its contents. Example: /wp-content/themes/yourtheme/

Open your browser, log in to your WP admin section and (in the left column under Appearance) click the Themes link .Click Activate under the theme you just uploaded.

Important:
Our themes have a few internal options available. If you look in the left column under Appearance tab and you’ll notice a new link “Theme Options” where you can customize the theme options.

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