WordPress includes thousands of free themes that you can use to customize your web site's appearance. This article describes how to install and activate WordPress themes.
The most common way to install a theme is by using the WordPress administration interface. However, if you already have a .zip file that contains a WordPress theme, you can install it manually.
INSTALLING A THEME USING THE ADMINISTRATION INTERFACE
To install and activate a new WordPress theme using the WordPress administration interface, follow these steps:
- Log in to WordPress as the administrator.
- Under Dashboard, click Appearance, and then click Themes.
- Click .
- To search for a theme by name, type the name or keyword in the text box, and then click .
- When you find a theme that you want to install, click Install Now.
- To activate the new theme, click Activate. To view your site with the new theme enabled, click Visit site.
INSTALLING A THEME MANUALLY
If you have a .zip file that contains a WordPress theme, you can upload it to your site and install the theme manually. To do this, follow these steps:
- Log in to your site using FTP.
- Navigate to the directory where you installed WordPress.
- Transfer the .zip file to the wp-content/themes directory.
- Log in to your site using SSH.
- Type the following command:
Type the following command, replacing filename.zip with the name of the file you uploaded:
Log in to WordPress as the administrator.
Under Dashboard, click Appearance, and then click Themes.
Locate the theme, and then click Visit site.. To view your site with the new theme enabled, click
For more information about WordPress themes, please visit http://wordpress.org/themes.
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