How To Install A Theme On WordPress Blog For Beginners in 2018

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You have installed WordPress and wondering what is the next step to customize your blog. As a beginner blogger, you want your site to look appealing to you and your audience.

WordPress theme can do wonders for you.

What is a WordPress theme?

A theme controls the appearance of your site including its page layout, widget location, and default font and color choices.

WordPress has an extensive collection of free and premium themes. Any new blogger can easily install them in a few minutes.

In this article, I will teach you how to install a theme on your WordPress blog.

Install a Theme through WordPress Admin Area

You can easily install free WordPress themes from the free directory using the WordPress admin theme search function.

To do this, you need to login to your WordPress admin page (yourdomain/wp-admin/). Then, click on Appearance » Themes.

Wordpress dashboard

WordPress dashboard

Here, you can see all the themes installed on your blog. Next, click on the Add New button to add another one.

Add New Theme

Add New Theme

On the next screen, you have the option to browse Featured, Popular, Latest, and Favorite WordPress Themes. If you know the specific name you want to install, you can find it directly using the search box. WordPress themes have tags that describe its purpose. You can use tags to search for specific themes.

WordPress Theme

If you are not familiar with tags, you can use the Feature Filter to find the one that is best for you. For example, you can search for Three Columns that have a feature image header. Just check those tags and click the Apply Filters button.

Search WordPress Theme using feature filter

You will see all the WordPress themes that meet your conditions. When you have chosen, point your cursor on top of the image. You will see two options- to see a preview or to install it. Click preview if you want to see how it looks. Install it if you like.

WordPress application will automatically download and install it for you. Activate it after installation.

WordPress theme installed

Proceed to your front page to see how your site looks.

How to Install a WordPress Theme using the Upload Theme Button

When you want a theme not found in the WordPress directory, you will have to use the Upload button. Premium products from mythemeShop, Studiopress or Themeforest will be installed using this method.

First, you need to download the WordPress theme that you bought from a marketplace or commercial provider. I use the mythemeshop theme as an example. I am currently using it because it loads fast and optimized for SEO.


WordPress Theme Schema

Next, login to your WordPress dashboard and proceed to Appearance » Themes. Click Add New button choose Upload Theme.

Then, click the Browse button. Select the theme you downloaded from your provider and press the Install Now button.

Upload WordPress theme

WordPress will now upload and install it for you. After installation, click Activate to enable it on your blog. Proceed to your front page and see how your website looks.

Successful WordPress theme installation

Final Thoughts

As a beginner, you can easily install a WordPress theme. If you want a free one, WordPress has a large collection of it in their directory. These can be installed directly in your WordPress admin area in the theme section under the appearance menu.

If you want to spend some bucks, you can upload the file using the Upload button. Paid items from mythemeshop, Themeforest, Studiopress, and other developers must be downloaded first to your computer before you can upload them.

What theme did you install? Share it with us using the comment below.

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