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How do I install a WordPress theme?

Updated on October 19th, 2020

At the heart of WordPress’s powerful toolset is the ability to change the look and feel of any site within seconds. This guide will walk you through how to change your site’s WordPress theme.

First, you’ll need to decide whether you’re bringing in a theme yourself, or searching within the WordPress Theme Repository, as the approaches vary slightly.


Install a theme from the WordPress ThemeRepository

1

From WordPress Admin, navigate to Appearance > Themes


2

Click Add New

3

Search and install

Use the search field in the top right to find themes. Click the Preview button to view the theme in context, and Install to add it to your site’s available themes.

4

Activate

Click the Activate button to apply the new theme to your site right away, or click Live Preview to check out a preview first.


Upload your own theme

1

From WordPress Admin, navigate to Appearance > Themes


2

Click Add New

3

Click Upload Theme

4

Upload theme .zip file

Click the Choose File button and browse your computer for the theme (in .zip format), or drag and drop it onto the button.

5

Click Install Now

6

Activate

Click the Activate button to apply the new theme to your site right away, or click Live Preview to check out a preview first.


Still need help?

As always, if you need any help with getting a theme installed, reach out to our Happiness Engineers!

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