How to install and update WordPress theme?

This article contains instructions on how to manually install and update WordPress theme. Before making any of these changes, we highly suggest that you create a backup of your WordPress site. To proceed with the WordPress theme topic, please follow the step-by-step instructions.

Install WordPress Theme Manually

Step 1. Download the theme you want to use. If you already have it on your local drive, proceed to step 2.

(The image below is a free theme from wordpress.org.)

Step 2. There are three ways in uploading the theme file.

Step 3. Log in to WordPress Dashboard.

Step 4. Click  Appearance and select Themes.

Step 5. Activate the newly added theme.

Upload theme via FTP

Step 1. Unzip the file from your local drive.

Step 2. Connect to your FTP client.

Step 3. Locate /wp-content/themes directory. (The image below uses FileZilla FTP client.)

Step 4. Upload the extracted WordPress theme folder in the /themes directory.

 

Upload theme via File Manager in the cPanel

Step 1. Access File Manager in your cPanel.

Step 2. Locate your WordPress directory and open /wp-content/themes directory and click “Upload”.

Step 3. Click Choose file button.

Step 4. Select the zip file from your local drive.

 

Step 5. Once the file is uploaded, select it and click “Extract”.

Step 6.  Make sure that the directory where the file will be saved is the /wp-content/themes of your WordPress directory. If not, modify the path and click “Extract File(s)” button.

Step 7. Wait for the extraction results and click “Close” button.

Step 8. The new theme folder should be added on your /themes directory.

Upload theme via WordPress Dashboard

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard. From the dashboard menu, click Appearance and select Themes.

Step 2. Click “Add New” button.

Step 3. Click “Choose file” button.

Step 4. Select the zip file from your local drive.

Step 5. Click “Install Now” button.

Update WordPress Theme

Before you update your WordPress theme, make sure that this is compatible with your current WordPress site. This is to avoid issues that you may encounter after updating it. Please also note that any customizations you have made to your current theme will be overwritten with the theme upgrade regardless if this is done automatically or manually. If you would like to make sure that your customizations are not overwritten, you can set up a “Child theme” to ensure that only core files are updated over every theme update.

Update theme via WordPress Dashboard

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2. From the dashboard menu, click Appearance and select Themes.

Step 3. When a new version of your WordPress theme is available it will automatically show on your WordPress Dashboard. Click “Update Now”.

Step 4. Once the WordPress theme is updated, try to check if your website is working or not.

If you are using a premium or paid WordPress theme, you may manually upload it using the above steps.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our support team.

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