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3 ways to install WordPress themes

In this article, I will guide you how to install WordPress themes in three different ways that is to install a free theme through the WordPress.Org theme library, install by uploading the theme package in the Dashboard and the last way is to copy. The theme folder goes to the / wp-content / themes / directory on localhost or the host hosting your WordPress website.

3 ways to install WordPress themes

Find and install the theme from the gallery

If you are new to WordPress, I encourage you to only install free themes available in the WordPress.Org library to understand how to use and set up a theme because the themes there are mostly easy to use. WordPress standards and most of all safety – no malicious code.

To install a new theme for WordPress, go to Appearance -> Themes and click Add New.

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Now you will see a list of themes in WordPress.Org library, keep in mind that this library has nearly 4000 different themes. You can use the filters to find a theme that suits your interests/needs.

WordPress theme

After finding a theme you like, click on that theme to view information and preview the theme. Please note that this preview feature is only for symbolic meaning, sometimes it will not display correctly and fully features in that theme.

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If you are satisfied, press the Install button to install.

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And click the Activate button to activate it, but after installing it, it is only located in the /wp-content/themes directory, but has not been activated.

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Once activated, go to Appearance -> Menus to set up the menu and Apperance -> Widgets to add a few widgets to the sidebar for the best display of the theme. At the same time, many themes will have their own custom area item displayed on the left-hand menu of the Dashboard, which we often call Theme Options, if any, visit it to customize.

Install the theme by uploading from your computer to the website

Assuming you have a theme on your computer, compress it into a .zip file. Or if you want to buy a professional theme, you can consult on there are many professional and very beautiful themes.

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After having the .zip archive of your theme, go to Appearance -> Themes -> Add New -> Upload Theme.

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Then you upload the theme’s .zip file and activate as usual. If it reports the missing style.css error, it is because you compressed with the wrong structure, extract it and compress it as I said above.

Install the theme by uploading directly to host/localhost

This method is used to do when you are limited in the upload size due to the heavy theme, that is, extract and upload the theme folder to the /wp-content/themes/ directory.

After uploading is complete, go to Appearance -> Themes and then activate because at this time the theme you just uploaded is already displayed in it.

Note when installing theme

When you see the demo (preview) of a certain theme, it does not mean that you install it as it displays exactly the same. You must know, each theme has a different installation and want to like the demo you also have to customize a lot (through the available options). Therefore, you should practice installing free themes in the library because there are many themes that are quite difficult to install, so it is your best practice source, gradually you will feel that installing a theme like demo is not too difficult.


So by the end of this article, you already know how to change the look of your website thanks to learning how to install a new theme on the website through many different ways. Since then, I have said through some notes when installing wordpress theme, so I hope you can remember it and practice the installation properly.

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