Let’s go through the steps of how to add and install a WordPress theme to your site.
In this article we will show you the detailed instructions on how to install and activate themes in your WordPress site. You can also check out our recommended WordPress themes for many attractive designs that you can choose from!
Let’s get started.
Access install theme functionality in your WP admin
First login to your WordPress site admin page, go to Appearance -> Themes.
There are two ways to add a new theme. You can either use the search field which will return results from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive. Let’s go through how to add themes in both ways.
Choose and Install a theme from the official WordPress theme directory
The easiest way to install themes to your WordPress site is to search from the official themes directory. This allows you to search for the theme you need directly from your site admin page. Each theme in the official directory has to have Tags that describe its functionality allowing you to easily search for the right theme.
If you know the name of the theme that you want, you can simply search for it.
However though, that’s not usually the case. For better results, you can use the Feature Filter. For example, you can search for a White and Red, Three columns theme that has Flexible Width. Simply check those tags and press the Apply Filters button.
You will now be presented with themes that meet your search. Hover over any of them and you will see two options – to see a demo of the theme or to install it. Once you choose which theme you want to use for your site, press the blue Install button.
Your WordPress application will download and install the theme automatically. Just click the Acticate link on the next page you will be redirected to. And that’s it – you can go to the front page of your site to see its new looks.
In case you have a theme that’s not listed in the WordPress.org directory, you can simply upload it from the Themes -> Install Themes section in WordPress. To do this click on the Upload link at the top of the page.
Then, click the Choose File button, select the archive of your theme from your computer and click on the Install Now button.
WordPress will now upload and extract the theme archive. Next is you need to click on the Activate link under the message for successful theme installation.
Viola! You can now go to the front end of your site and see the newly activated theme.