Updated August 06, 2012
Continuing with the WordPress tutorials series, today I will write about how to install WordPress themes on your blog.
Similar with the WordPress installation, there is an automatic and a manual way of doing it and I will cover both types of installation in this article.
Choosing a theme is an important decision for your blog, because you can either go for a custom design of your blog or choose a premium theme, such as Thesis, Genesis or Headway (aff links) which can be later customized.
In either of the above cases you will need to install the theme and even if some of them have installation instructions, you will find this article handy. So, bookmark it! 🙂
But, let’s see how you can install WordPress themes on your blog.
I. Manual WordPress Theme Installation
The first method of installing WordPress themes is the manual theme installation and requires you to upload the theme on your web hosting server, make any required settings (by your WordPress theme provider) and activate it from the administration area.
Similar with the steps 5 and 6 from the WordPress installation article, upload the theme to your web hosting server. Make sure to upload the directory into the [/public_html/wp-content/themes/] path.
Once the directory is uploaded, just go to the [Appearance] section and select the [Themes] option. From this section, just activate your newly uploaded theme and enjoy it.
And that’s all!
II. Automatic WordPress Theme Installation
Now, if you would rather go the easy way, and automatically install your WordPress theme, go to the [Appearance] section and select the [Themes] option. From here, select [Install Themes] where you have these options available:
- Search – this option allows you to search by theme, author or tag and apply some advanced filters to it.
- Upload – this is the option you should use if you have already downloaded the theme or if you’re using a premium theme
- Featured – using the [Featured] section you are able to choose and install from 15 featured themes and if they suit you needs
- Newest – here you can check the newest themes uploaded to the WordPress theme gallery
- Recently Updated – this section displays the latest 15 updated themes
But for our example we will choose to upload a theme and install it.
You will see the [Install Themes] tab only if you are using a self-hosted WordPress installation. This is not available if you are on WordPress.com.
Next, select [Upload], browse to the location of the .zip archive, select it and press the [Install Now] button. Once you do this, your theme is installed and you are all set.
Now, which of these methods do you prefer or have used before? Any problems occurred? Let us know in the comments section below.