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Installing a WordPress theme – DIY Guide

Posted On: September 20, 2019 Posted By: admin Comments: 0 Post Views:

You have your Hosting setup and installed a fresh WordPress on your site. Now the next thing is to install a WordPress theme. But before installing a WordPress theme, you should know what a theme is and what it does?

What is a WordPress theme?

A WordPress theme is a collection of PHP, CSS and JS files. Themes are used to change the look and feel of your site. Themes often comes for particular niche or they can be multipurpose. In short themes are used to change the design of your site.

Do I need a WordPress theme?

Yes, you will need a WordPress theme to have a website on WordPress. WordPress ships its default WordPress theme when you install a fresh copy of WordPress. There are thousands of amazing themes available in wordpress.org themes repository and the good thing is that you can choose any theme for absolutely FREE.

How to Install WordPress theme?

Now you know what exactly a theme is, the next thing is to find and install a WordPress theme for yourself. There are 2 easy ways from which you can install a WordPress theme without have any technical knowledge.

1) Installing a WordPress theme directly from Website

First of all log in to your WordPress admin dashboard which looks like this
wordpress-dashboard

Now, you have to go first to Appearance -> Themes and click on the Add New button. Next, you’ll see the screen having a list of the themes available for free. Choose Install or preview from the options.

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For Example We will install a theme Crater Free and try to install it.
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Once theme get installed. Click on Activate button to activate the theme

2) Uploading zip to your website

In this you have to go first on the wordpress.org/themes site and then choose a theme to download. Once you have find out the theme just click on download button it will download as a zip file. 

If you have bought the pro version from any theme shop or from themeforest. Just upload the pro version the same way as we did here for this free theme

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After that you have to go to your site dashboard and go to Appearance -> Themes-> Add New and click on Upload Theme button on Top and upload the zip there. Once you choose the zip file, click on Install Now button to proceed.
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After that click on Activate link to activate the theme.

Things to check before installing a WordPress theme?

1) Documentation

Building a website is not easy specially when you are new to WordPress. So good documentation of the theme can save you a lot of time. First of all make sure theme has clear documentation.

2) Demo Content:

These days a lot of WordPress theme authors provide you a feature known as Demo Import. This feature comes handy when you do not want to build your website from scratch. Instead of it, you want to use existing demo content from the site and modify it according to your specific requirements.

3) Support

There are many theme authors (including us 🙂 ) which provide free support to the customers even for their free WordPress themes which definitely saves a lot of your time and efforts of searching it on Google and fixing it yourself.

4) Reviews

Make sure the theme has some good reviews also so that you know at least this is a good WordPress theme to get started.

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