- Things to Know Before Installing a WordPress Theme
- Installing the Theme
- Setting up Custom Menus
- Theme Support
Things to Know Before Installing a WordPress Theme back to top
Whenever you decide to activate a new WordPress theme, it is recommended that you disable any active plugins that you might have on your website.
Often, third-party plugins will interfere with some of the theme's features, or even cause some unexpected behavior.
It is also recommended that you do a complete back-up of your WordPress database, just to be safe.
Note: It is possible to install custom WordPress themes only on self-hosted WordPress websites, using software downloaded from WordPress.org.
If you have a website hosted on WordPress.com, theme installation is not possible.
Read about The Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Installing the Theme back to top
Adding New Themes using the Administration Panel
You can download Themes directly to your WordPress website by using the Add New Themes option in the Appearance sub-menu.
- Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard).
- Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
- Select Install Themes
- Click on the Install link to upload the Theme to your blog.
- Use the Upload link in the top sub-menu to upload a zipped copy of a Theme that you have previously downloaded to your machine.
Adding New Themes by using cPanel
If your hosting provider offers the cPanel control panel, follow these instructions.
- Download the Theme zip file to your local machine.
- In cPanel File Manager, navigate to your Themes folder. If you have WordPress installed in it's own folder called wordpress, you would navigate to "public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes" and if WordPress is installed in your web-root folder you would navigate to "public_html/wp-content/themes".
- Once you've navigated to the Themes folder in cPanel File Manager, click on Upload file(s) and upload that zip file you saved in Step 1.
- Once the zip file is uploaded, click on the zip file name in cPanel, then in the panel to the right, click on Extract File Contents, and that zip file will be uncompressed.
Adding New Themes Manually (FTP)
To add a new Theme to your WordPress installation, follow these basic steps:
- Download the Theme archive and extract the files it contains. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files. Follow the guidelines provided by your Theme author.
- Using an FTP client (such as FileZilla) to access your host web server, create a directory to save your Theme in the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress. For example, a Theme named Test should be in wp-content/themes/test folder.
- Upload the Theme files to the new directory on your host server.
Setting up Custom Menus back to top
Our themes fully support Custom WordPress Menus. If you are not familiar with this feature, please check this in-depth video tutorial: Everything about Navigation Menus in WordPress.
In this video you will learn how to create and use menus in WordPress, as well as some additional tips and tricks using Menus.
Theme Support back to top
If any problem occurs during the installation process, or if the theme for some reason behaves differently than expected, you can always rely on our Customer Support.