How to Install a WordPress Theme (Easiest Method)

install a wordpress theme

To publish your WordPress website, there is no other alternative but to install a WordPress theme and use it. There are thousands of paid and free WordPress themes available in the WordPress theme directory and in the marketplaces. 

As a beginner, you might not know how to install a WordPress theme. In this beginner’s guide, I will show you to install a theme in two different ways. After reading the whole post, you will be able to install both free and premium themes by yourself. 

Let’s begin, then. 

How to Install a WordPress Theme From Themes Directory

WordPress directory comes with a lot of free themes. If you want to install a free theme from the WordPress directory, then login to your dashboard first. 

Now navigate to Appearance -> Themes. You will find a big ‘Add New’ button at the top of the page; click it. 

Now a new page with a lot of themes with appear. All of these themes are featured themes. 

Switch to any tab (Popular, latest, Favorites) to show themes of those categories. 

If you want to sort your theme based on filter, then click on the ‘Feature Filter’ button. Now add a tick before the criteria that you want in your theme and click on Apply filter. Now you will get filtered results according to your data. 

At here, I have searched for the Astra theme. After you find the theme you want to install, hover your cursor on the theme, and you will find the install and preview button. Click on the install button to start installing the theme on your WordPress site. 

After you finish installing, don’t forget to click on the activate button. Depending on the theme, you might need to configure additional settings. For example, your theme may ask you to install the recommended plugins, review settings, or download demo data. 

Next, you may follow the on-screen instructions or click the customize button. 

Install A WordPress Theme By Uploading It

The above method only allows you to install the free themes that are available in the WordPress theme’s directory. 

What will you do if you want to install a premium theme? A premium theme can’t be installed in the above way. 

Well, if you want to install a custom theme or a premium theme, you can do it by uploading the .zip file in your WordPress website. 

At first, download and save the theme on your computer. Now navigate to Appearance -> Themes. From the top, click on the ‘Add New’ button.

It will take you to the featured theme page. At here, you will see a button named ‘Upload Theme’ at the very top of the page. Click it. 

Now you will be asked to choose the zip file that contains the theme, select the file, and click on Install now. 

Once your theme has been activated, don’t forget to activate the theme. 

Final Words

Now you have learned both ways to install a theme. Try now and install a theme on your WordPress site. Tell us which theme you are going to choose, and if you have any thoughts, feel free to share. I love to hear that. If you liked the post, don’t forget to share it. 

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