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How to Install a WordPress Theme

Here are a couple of ways on “How to Install a WordPress Theme”.

Note: Only install trusted themes from trusted sources like the WordPress Theme Repository. And to make sure you get the most security only download themes that have been updated within the past 6 months at least. This would ensure compatibility with the latest releases of WordPress.

Installing a New Theme

There are different ways on how to install your chosen theme. It might depend on where you are getting the theme from and how familiar you are with WordPress and other web technology like ftp.

Using WordPress to Search and Install Themes.

This would be the easiest method for someone who is new to WordPress. This would mean that you only get to choose from themes that are available at WordPress.org.

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Hover your mouse on the Appearance Menu then click Themes.
  • Click the Install Themes Tab. Search for a keyword.
  • In addition to the search you can click the checkboxes to filter the results.
  • Choose your desired theme then click Install Now.

Uploading a zipped Theme.

You can use this method if you got your theme from sources other than WordPress.org. Before you upload the theme you have to make sure that the zip file immediately contains the theme folder that bears the name of the theme and that folder must contain the theme files (index.php, style.css, etc)

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Hover your mouse on the Appearance Menu then click Themes.
  • Click the Install Themes Tab. Click Upload.
  • Browse for your zipped theme then click Install Now.
  • A new page appears then click Activate.
Install Zipped WordPress Theme

Zipped File > Theme Folder > Theme Files

Uploading a theme via FTP.

With FTP you can have access to your WordPress files without having to use WordPress itself as a front-end. When you connect to your site through ftp you can have access to the website’s folder structure. Kind of like seeing files as you would on your Windows Explorer. You can use free FTP software like FileZilla. I personally use FireFTP which is a free add-on for Mozilla Firefox.

  • Login to your ftp account.
  • Browse the folders to get this folder /wp-content/themes.
  • Simply drag your “new theme” inside the Themes folder.
  • Return to your WordPress Themes Page where the new theme should be visible.
  • Activate the new theme.
Install WordPress themes through FTP

WordPress Themes Folder through FTP.

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  1. Hi ! Is there anyway to get Frontier theme on WordPress.com ?

    Thanks

    Denis Boudreau

    1. Nope, since WordPress.com does not allow uploading themes.
      http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/
      http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/uploading-your-own-theme

      You’ll need to use a self-hosted WordPress (aka WordPress.org) if you want to install Frontier.

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