Uploading a new theme to WordPress

Posted on February 4, 2018 | http://p0wel.ly/s

One of the great things about WordPress is the number of themes you can use to completely change the look at feel of the website. Within WordPress there are a huge number of free themes that you can install with just a couple of clicks. The problem with free themes is that understandable the quality varies… a lot.  Personally I’ve always found that the investment in time you put into a free theme never makes up for the cost of a commercial them from sites like Theme Forrest or  my personal favourite Divi from Elegant themes which I include in my DIY Website Package.

If you buy a theme from one of these sites you’ll most likely be given access to a ZIP file containing everything you need to upload the theme to your site, but how do you do that? well it’s easy and only takes a couple of minutes.

1. From your WordPress dashboard click on [Appearance] then [Themes].

2. Up at the top of the screen click the [Add New] button.

3. Then click [Upload Theme]

4. Click on [Choose File].

5. Browse to where you have saved your “Zip file”, select the file and click [Open].

6.  Click [Install Now]

7. Depending on how your hosting is configured you may be asked for you FTP details, If you are enter then and click [Proceed].

8. WordPress will now go through a few steps to install the theme, this can take a few minutes.

9. Once installed click the “Activate” link.

10. Your theme is now installed and ready to use.

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Andy Powell is a website specialist with 20 years experience, he is also the founder of Hack Oldham, a non profit co-working and maker space, a digital trainer and a maker of things.

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