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11th July, 2015 | Getting Started |

Installing a Theme

WordPress has a variety of themes available to make the average looking blog website into something much more interesting. You can choose a theme that fits the feel of your website, from a professional portfolio to a gamer news blog. From the WordPress panel, you can change the appearance and set a theme of your liking. You can choose from the approved WordPress selection or upload your own.


Changing the Theme

To browse the WordPress themes, log into your WordPress admin panel. Use the left hand side menu to select 'Appearance'.

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This section will provide a list of your current website theme (likely the one that you chose when you installed WordPress). To change the theme, select 'Add New'.

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Choosing a WordPress theme

Note the top navigation includes some categories - Featured, Popular, Latest and Favourites. If you haven't already set your mind on a new theme, you can browse these sections for some inspiration on what you'd like to choose.

You will find that by mouse hovering over a theme, you can see two options - Install and Preview. If you want to see how the theme will look on your site, take advantage of the 'Preview' option. If you're happy with your theme choice, choose 'Install' as shown.

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The installation process will take a few moments to download the package, unpack it and install it. Once complete, you should see confirmation that the theme was successfully installed. You can now activate the theme on your website by selecting the 'Activate' option.

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Your new theme should now be live for you to see on your website.

Upload your own WordPress theme

If you would prefer to upload your own theme (perhaps you have created your own), you can alternatively choose the 'Upload Theme' option.

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Your theme files needs to be in a Zip format. Use the 'Choose File' to navigate through your system files to locate your theme.

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Once chosen, select 'Install Now' to go ahead with the installation.

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When the theme has been uploaded and activated, you should find that your new theme is on your website.


From this article you should now understand how to install a theme in WordPress. There are no WordPress limits, so you can install as many themes as you like and choose the one that suits you the best.

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