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How To Install A WordPress Theme (Using Different Methods)

How to Install a WordPress Theme (Using Different Methods)

In this article, you will learn how to install a WordPress theme (free & premium) and install a WordPress child theme. Before that, we will tell you why you need the best WordPress theme for your website and where to find one. You should also know the steps to choosing a WordPress theme to make the right choice.

Why Do You Need The Best WordPress Theme?

Your WordPress theme is the design of your website that your visitors see when they come to your site. You would make your house more welcoming to your guests, wouldn’t you?

Similarly, your website visitors are your guests. They should feel welcomed on your site. Your WordPress theme should be able to attract your visitors and provide them with a user-friendly experience.

The theme portrays your brand and is an excellent tool for online presence. Good website designers and developers know this before building their site. They make efforts to customize their WordPress website from scratch using the best practices.

But not everyone has the coding knowledge or time to do that. Yet, you can have a stunning WordPress website by leveraging the best WordPress themes built by renowned designers. So, where do we get them?

Where Do You Find The Best WordPress Theme?

You can get a Free WordPress Theme or buy a Premium WordPress theme. You can also use a freemium WordPress theme for free and convert it to a premium version for extra functionalities.

WordPress.org repository is the leading place to find free WordPress themes. You can also find many developers offering freemium services. 

To buy premium WordPress themes, you can choose popular marketplaces such as ThemeForest, Template Monster, or Creative Market.

If you want to see how to install a WordPress theme in a video watch it below.

Continue reading the blog on how to install a WordPress theme.

How To Install A WordPress Theme In Different Methods:

1. How To Install A WordPress Theme Manually

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add New
Add a new theme in WordPress
Add A New Theme In WordPress
  • Now you can either scroll to find the best WordPress theme or use the filters like popular, latest & favorites. If you already had a theme in mind, you can use the search bar on the top right side to find that specific theme.
Search WordPress Theme
Search WordPress Theme
  • In this blog, we will search for the multipurpose theme named Multifox. Now click the Install button to install the theme. Once the theme is installed, click the Activate button to activate the theme on your website as shown below.
Install & Activate Multifox Theme

2. How To Install A WordPress Theme from WordPress.org Or Other Sites

Let’s see how to install a WordPress theme if you have already found your theme in the WordPress.org repository or other websites via Google.

  • Click the Download button as shown below in WordPress.org. The theme zip file will be downloaded to your system.
Downloading theme from WordPress.org
Downloading Theme From WordPress.org

If you choose a theme from another site, download the theme to your computer and follow the below steps.

  • Now go to your Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add New
Add New theme in WordPress
Add New Theme In WordPress
  • Now click the Upload Theme option as shown below.
Upload theme in WordPress
Upload Theme In WordPress
  • Click the Choose File option and add the theme zip file that you have downloaded from WordPress.org. Now click the Install Now button to start installing.
Choose the theme file and Install
Choose The Theme File And Install
  • Upon successful installation, you can see “Theme Installed successfully,” as shown below. Click Activate theme so that the theme will be activated on your site. Or you can also Go to Themes Page and then activate your theme later.
Activate Installed Theme
Activate Installed Theme

Once activated, refresh your website to see the changes. You can start customizing the theme as per your needs.

3. How To Install A Premium WordPress Theme From ThemeForest

ThemeForest is one of the popular marketplaces to download quality premium WordPress themes. You will have a lot of options at different prices. The support is usually quick, depending on the respective theme developers. 

There are high chances you will find the premium WordPress theme you are searching for in ThemeForest. If you do, follow these steps to install a premium theme to your WordPress site.

  • Once you buy the theme from ThemeForest, go to the Downloads from your profile.
ThemeForest Downloads
ThemeForest Downloads
  • From the Download dropdown, select “Installable WordPress file only.” 
Download Installable WordPress File Only
Download Installable WordPress File Only
  • Once the zip file is downloaded, continue with the process mentioned in Step 2.
  • Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme > Choose File > Install Now > Activate

Once you complete these steps, your ThemeForest theme will be activated on your site, and you can start customizing it.

4. How To Install A WordPress Child Theme

A child theme is used to change & modify the parent theme so that you can preserve all your modifications even if the main parent theme is updated in the future. Usually, the child theme comes in a zip folder where you have to extract it before installing it. 

Let’s see an example of how to extract and install a WordPress child theme if you buy a premium WordPress theme from ThemeForest. The extracting process will be similar irrespective of where you purchase the theme.

  • Go to your downloads and select “All files & documentation.”  
Downloading all theme files & documentation from ThemeForest
Downloading All Theme Files & Documentation From ThemeForest
  • Extract the downloaded theme file to the folder.
Extracting downloaded theme files
Extracting Downloaded Theme Files
  • Now you can find the WordPress child theme’s zip file and other files like plugins, documentation, parent theme, and license.
Access WordPress Child theme
Access WordPress Child Theme
  • Now continue with the process mentioned in Step 2. Add Child Theme File.
  • Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme > Choose File (Child Theme File) > Install Now > Activate

Now you can make any changes to your WordPress child theme, and it won’t be affected if the developers update the parent theme at any time in the future.

FAQ – Installing WordPress Theme

1. How to install the WordPress theme from Envato?

Installing a WordPress theme from Envato is the same as installing a WordPress theme from ThemeForest mentioned in this article.

2. Why I can’t install the WordPress theme?

Usually, when you download a premium theme, you will get all files (theme, plugins, child theme, documentation, license, etc.) in a single zip file. You need to extract it and then install it. If you try to install the theme without extracting the zip file, you will not be able to install the WordPress theme.

3. Where can I find the best freemium WordPress Theme?

Multifox theme offers its theme and plugins as a freemium model. You can use the theme for free; later you can upgrade to a pro version with extended functionalities if you like it.

4. Is ThemeForest a one-time purchase theme?

Yes, ThemeForest has themes that are available for a one-time purchase.

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Wrap UP

These are the simple methods to install a WordPress theme.

Here you can read our related article how to choose a WordPress theme and also know how to change font size in WordPress. If you are a new WordPress user these two articles is really helpful for you. Confused about finding what WordPress theme a website is using, here is our free WordPress theme detector tool.

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