How to install WordPress theme?

Theme of your WordPress blog is the most important aspect of your blog. Because a good design can attract alot of visitors and they will fall in love with your blog. WordPress theme installation can also be done in two ways like plugin installation. You can install WordPress themes from your Dashboard or by using FTP Client. If you didn’t hosted or installed your WordPress yes, read the guides below to get started.

Ok, once you done with everything above, lets move on to the theme installation process. You can find free and premium themes for your Blog. Or you can hire a designer and developer, if you are looking for a unique WordPress theme. You can find cheap designers on Freelance Websites. If you are looking for a long term business with your blog, you should go for Premium else you can use free theme also. Below you can find some resources to download WordPress themes.


You can find alot more WordPress. When you install the WordPress theme, by default there is Twenty Eleven theme installed on WordPress blog. Themes by searching on Google. I recommend you to have a look on Free WordPress themes directory and Elegant Themes. Ok now lets suppose you have got the theme you want to install on your WP Blog. Lets move on to the installation.

How to install WordPress theme from Dashboard?

You can install WordPress theme from dashboard by uploading the theme file or also you can search, find and install the theme. I am going to explain both of the methods. Because if you are looking for a free theme, you can download it directly from your dashboard, by searching on WP Themes Directory. You can’t install premium themes by searching from dashboard, Premium themes can only be installed by uploading the zip file. First i am going to explain the theme installation by searching from dashboard on WP Themes directory.

Install Theme from WP Themes Directory:

Login to your WP Dashboard >> Go to Appearance >> Click on Themes >> Now on themes page click on Install Themes.

install themes

Now if you know the name of the theme, you can search for it. Or you can use any keyword like two column, three column or by the name of color like blue, orange , greet etc

Lets suppose you want to download  theme in blue color search for Blue. And you will find tons of themes. Go and preview the themes you like. Once you find the theme you looking for click on install now.


Once the theme installed, you can check the live preview of the theme on your blog without showing it to your readers, and you can activate it from your Appearence >> Themes Panel.

Go to Themes, Find the newly installed theme and click on Activate button.

Install Premium Theme by uploading:

I hope you have downloaded the premium theme from any theme marketplace listed above. The theme will be in zip format. I have purchased Jarida Theme from ThemeForest.

Login to your Dashboard >> Go to Appearance >> Click on Themes >> Click on Install Themes >> Click on Upload.

upload theme

Click on choose file and Select the Theme Zip file from your PC, and once the theme is upload click on Activate theme.

selecting theme

How to install WordPress theme from FTP Client?

Installing WordPress theme from FTP client is useful, when your server doesn’t allow you to install theme from dashboard. Or you are getting some errors from Dashboard while installing theme. It is also useful when you want to install multiple themes at a time. To install theme from FTP Client, You required to extract the theme files.


Now login to FileZilla FTP client or any FTP client you using. Once you logged in, go to the directory [highlight]public_html >> wp-content >> themes[/highlight]. This is the default theme directory of WordPress. Now drag the new unzipped theme folder to the Server Themes folder. Have a look on the screen shot below.

drag the theme.

Ok Filezilla will start uploading your theme to the Server. Once it is done Go the dashboard >> Appearance >> Themes. There you can find newly installed theme. You can preview it privately or you can activate it to make it live.


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