How to Install a Theme in WordPress Dashboard

Selecting a website theme is an important part of creating a website. Your theme is the overall look and style of your website. It serves as a representation of your brand and has a direct impact on user experience. 

There are two ways on how to install a theme in WordPress dashboard. 

Make sure to activate the WordPress theme after installation and customization for the changes to apply on the live website.  

Important Note: Make sure this process is done overnight when there are least expected visitors on the website. Do the preparations listed below before applying changes to your website:  

  • Secure a backup of WordPress website files. 
  • Secure a backup of WordPress database SQL file. 
  • Check the details of the new version and make sure that it is compatible with the current WordPress version you are using. 

Uploading a Theme in WordPress Dashboard 

The steps below are applicable if your theme is purchased outside WordPress.org and you have the copy of the theme file in your computer.  

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard via the link yourdomain.com/wp-admin (replace yourdomain.com with the domain of your website) or on any of the methods below depending on your web hosting plan.  

Step 2. Click Appearance on the menu bar at the left side of the page. 

Appearance Option in WordPress

Step 3. Click Themes from the drop-down options. 

Themes on Menu Bar in WordPress Dashboard

Step 4. Click either of the Add New buttons.

Add New Theme Button in WordPress Dashboard

Step 5. Click the Upload Theme button. 

Upload Theme Button in WordPress Dashboard

Step 6. Click the Choose File button to open your computer files.  

Choose Theme File Button in WordPress Dashboard]

Step 7. Locate the zip file of the theme and click it. 

Select Theme File in Local Directory

Step 8. Click the Open button. 

Open Theme File for Upload

Step 9. Click the Install Now button. 

Install Theme Now Button in WordPress Dashboard

Step 10. Click the Live Preview button on the theme to customize it or the Activate button to apply it to your website right away.

Uploaded Theme Message in WordPress Dashboard

Browsing from WordPress Theme Directory

There are a lot of themes in WordPress dashboard to choose from and most of them are free. Follow the steps below on how to look for the theme you have in mind and how to install it 

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard via the link yourdomain.com/wp-admin (replace yourdomain.com with the domain of your website) or on any of the methods below depending on your web hosting plan.  

Step 2. Click Appearance on the menu bar at the left side of the page.

Appearance Option in WordPress

Step 3. Click Themes from the drop-down options. 

Themes on Menu Bar in WordPress Dashboard

Step 4. Click either of the Add New buttons. 

Add New Theme Button in WordPress Dashboard

Step 5. Choose a theme from the WordPress theme directory in your dashboard. Use the search bar or the filter to make the browsing of themes easier. 

Theme Directory Search Box

Step 6. Click the Install button.  

Install Theme Button in WordPress Directory

Step 7. Click the Live Preview button on the theme to customize it or the Activate button to apply it to your website right away.  

Activate Browsed Theme Button

Note: If you need to customize your WordPress theme, create and use child theme to be safe from any theme version update in the future.

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