How to install a custom wordpress theme

Guide to Installing a new WordPress Theme

In this wordpress theme installation guide we give you all the information you need to get and install a custom theme (or "skin") on your wordpress blog! This is really easy once you know how and will only take a few minutes. OK?

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You can get a FREE custom theme by searching in the "ADD Themes" option of your admin panel.

There are hundreds of very good free themes out there> While they do not have the full functionality and support of the "Professional Themes" (Themes you buy) there still are some very good free ones out there.

You can get a professional theme from a company like Woo Themes.

WooThemes has some of the top professional grade themes out there. There are a lot of other Professional themes available on the web as well>You can click on this link  WP Themes to go to and check out their reviews of Woo Themes, Free Themes and even download Free Themes.


How to install a custom wordpress theme once you have selected or made one:

The first part of  this article describes the installation process for Themes that you found in Wordpress. THIS IS THE EASIEST THING TO DO IN THE WORLD just by using the WP Themes Tab under the Appearance Tab in the sidebar of your WordPress Admin Panels (there are over 1000 that you can find there and they auto install AND auto de-install. How cool is that?).

The Second part of  this Article describes the installation process for Themes that you did NOT find in WordPress. These would include professional Themes from companies like WPZOOM or WOO Themes or other themes you found on the web.  Check out at the link mentioned farther up the page to see some of them.

PART 1 – Installing a FREE Theme

Over 1000  free WP Themes are all available for download from within your wordpress Admin panel by:

1) Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.

2) Click on the  Appearance tab (about 6 tabs down the left column) and  then Click on Themes.

3) This brings up the Themes management console within your admin panel.

4) now just click on the round "Add" button.

5) This will bring up a search screen that you can enter the Theme name, or search by selecting attributes like colors or by selecting a tag (a term that identifies the Theme like "Magazine Theme" or "SEO Optimized"  and then click on the "Search"  button.

6) This will pull up any Themes with the name  or that meets the criteria you entered.

7) You can then just click on "Install" to install the Theme!

8) Don't worry, you can always go back to your old Theme by         installing it and trying again!

PART 2 – installing a theme that you did NOT get thru the admin panel
This part of the How To Install a WordPress Theme guide is for WP Themes that you found on a website and have to download and install yourself. It sounds scary but its not. Lets get started on learning how to dosnload and install WP Themes!
1) DO check out the free themes that are available fiorst OK?
2) Since you are on #2 We will assume you have found a WP Theme someplace else that you want to download and install.
How To Install a WordPress Theme that you got from outside of your wordpress admin panel:
  • The first thing to do is downloading the theme that interests you.
  • The second thing is uploading the wp theme zipped folder using your wordpress admin panel
  • The final step is activating it.
WP themes files come in zipped format. A zip file is one that allows you to store files with the same formats together such that they can be referred to easily. The resulting file becomes smaller and is easier to download.

To download the zipped files,

  • Most sources for themes will give you a button to click or a word like "Download Now"/ Just click on the word ‘download now’.
  • You will be prompted to save the files at a position where you can easily access them.
  • Once the WP Themes files have been downloaded, it should be in one file folder in a zipped format. If your pc automatically unzipped it or for some reasone you got it unzipped, yo will need to "Zip it" into a single folder. Remember the name and location.
3) To Unzip the downloaded WP Theme file,
  • IF you are using wordpress to upload the file you leave it zipped.
  • Otherwise, The matter of whether you need unzipping software for your WordPress theme depends on the type of the computer that you are using.
  • All recent computers that operate on windows have no problem handling this software.
Winzip is a more populare zip utility but it gives me fits sometimes when trying to unzip files.
Make sure you know where you put the Zip file so you can unzi-p itr with the utility.
Make sure you check the folder it unzips to and all the file components are there (Most Unzip utilities let you view whats in the zip Folder so you should be able to compare that to what was unzipped into the file – when it is unzipped the Zip file is not deleted).
4) Uploading the theme using your wordpress admin panel THIS IS THE EASY WAY
The appearence tab in wordpress admin panel
Log into your wordpress admin panel.
Click on the "Appearence" tab to the left.

Then click on "Themes"









This opens the themse window. At the top will be two tabs:

1) "manage Themes" which will will show you  your current themes

2) " install themes.".

Click on the "Install Themes" tab.

This gives you the option to upload a new theme as shown below:

The Install Themes tab in the admin panel








Now just click on "upload". It will pop open a window to let you type in the file location or browse your computer for it.

Once you have done that and uploaded the file you may get a window to "activate" it. If so choose activate.

If you don't get the "activate the theme" option, just click on the "Manage Themes" Tab and then find the theme in the list of themes you have available for your website and click "activate" there.The

theme should now be live.

HOWEVER – you may  have to set up options and configure it to have it look and run like its supposed to.

Information for how to do that should be avaialable from whoever or wherever you got the theme. OK?

5) Manually uploading the Unzipped WP Theme file to your website server.
When you have unzipped the theme, you just upload it onto your website. There are many ways through which you can do this. One of the ways is through FTP, a term which means File Transfer Protocol.
  • To have access to your FTP, you need to have a username as well as a password.
  • Your web host provides you with this information.
  • These details also enable you to access your website directory.
  • FTP client is what you need before you can start off.
FileZilla is the client for Windows. I LOVE Filezilla for file transfer.
The newly obtained FTP software ought to be installed after which a new connection should be opened (follow the instructions provided by the FTP software..
Then enter the address given by the web host.
It will not take long before you are connected with your website as well as your directory listing.
5) Find the Directory to put the WP Themes Files into
  • Navigate through the website until you locate WordPress, the ultimate destination for your WordPress theme.
  • (when I say Navigate I mean click on a folder to open it and get to the next folder/directory. If you go to far find the back button or click on the prior folder).
  • The position varies depending on the web host. Normally it is found inside a directory which is known as “public html”.
  • You then want to navigate to the "Wp-content" folder/directory.
  • Then the "Themes" folder within WP-Content
  • Create a directory to contain your theme in the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress. For example, a theme named Test should be in wp-content/themes/test. Your theme may provide this directory as part of the archive.
  • Having done this, you can now upload the theme.
NOTE: UPLOADING WP THEMES HINTS: Remember that you are required to upload both the wp theme directory and the wp themes files. Be aware of certain unzip applications begging to be uploaded which are not appropriate for uploading. Bold for instance represents a WP THeme file that is meant for uploading. WP Theme Files that are not meant for uploading can cause the greatest problem to users since it is difficult to set them apart from other types of files. For example, Guangzhou/style.css is one very common file that presents itself but which should not be installed.
6) Activating the WP Themes in your wordpress blog:
Once you have installed the theme, it is not ready for use until you activate it.
The WP themes Activation stage is very simple. Log in to the administration panel of your WordPress and finish the WP Theme activation:
  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
  2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
  3. From the Available Themes section, click on the theme title (or theme screenshot) for the theme you wish to activate.
  4. A preview of the theme will be shown.
  5. To activate the theme click the Activate "Theme Name" link in the top right.
  6. NOTE: if the WP Theme is blank don't activate it. You should be able to see a preview of the Theme

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