The theme you choose to install on your WordPress blog is perhaps one of the most important decisions you will make in creating your website or blog. It is best to install a good theme in the beginning because installing a new theme after your site has become established can be incredibly difficult and time consuming.
But why is choosing the correct them so important? There are a few main reasons:
What your theme looks like is largely dependent on your theme. Of course your ability to customize a theme’s look varies on the them. But the theme provides you the graphical frame in which you must work.
The theme you choose will largely determine how your site will be organized. Different themes treat menus, widgets, posts, pages, tags, and categories differently.
Behind The Scenes
Many times themes will also make changes to the WordPress dashboard in terms of creating content and adding media. These changes could be good or bad depending on the theme and your personal preferences. In addition some themes also offer additional customer support to help you if you get stuck!
Free vs Premium?
Whether a theme is free or premium not only affects your pocket book but many other aspects as well. Free sites can be good enough for a basic websites but may be limiting in the long term as they usually lack adequate customer support, additional features, and maybe even timely maintenance updates.
Premium are generally much preferred as they come with much better customer support, many more features, and guaranteed maintenance upgrades.
Uploading Your Theme
There are two basic methods to upload a new theme to your blog or website. Method 1 can be entirely done within your WP Dashboard whereas Method 2 will require you to have a .ZIP file from an outside source. Almost all premium themes must be installed using Method 2.
Theme Installation – Method 1
To upload a new theme from within the WordPress dashboard is relatively simple and will be outlined here in eight relatively simple steps:
Step 1 – Log into the WordPress Dashboard for your site
Step 2 – Hover your mouse over (A) “Appearance” on the left hand menu and slide of and click on (B) “Themes”
Step 3 – Click (C) “Add New” near the top left of the page
Step 4 – Browse for your desired theme. You can browse by (D) “Featured”, (E) “Popular”, or (F) “Latest” themes. In addition you are able to do an advanced search through the (G) “Feature Filter” search.
Step 5 – Select the theme you are interested in by hovering your mouse over it and clicking on (H) “Preview” button in the lower right corner of the theme’s box.
Step 6 – Preview your chosen theme’s details. Here is where you can preview your chosen theme to give you a good idea of what it might look like once applied to your website
Step 7 – If you are happy with this choice then click (J) “Install” near the top left of your page.
Step 8 – The last step is to activate your new theme by clicking (K) “Activate” on the new screen that just came up.
Them Installation – Method 2
This method involves downloading your theme files from another source in the form of a .ZIP file. The file MUST be a .ZIP file otherwise this method will not work. Don’t worry too much because these files are almost always distributed in the .ZIP format by default.
Step 2 – Download the .ZIP file for that theme.
Step 3 – Log into the WordPress Dashboard for your website.
Step 4 – Hover your mouse over (A) “Appearance” on the left hand menu and slide of and click on (B) “Themes”
Step 5 – Click (C) “Add New” near the top left of the page
Step 6 – Click (L) “Upload Theme” near the top left of the page
Step 7 – Click (M) “Choose File”
Step 8 – Find the .ZIP file you have just downloaded and click (N) “Open”
Step 9 – Click (P) “Install Now” (Be patient here because it may take a while to upload your theme depending on how large the .ZIP file is.)
Step 10 – To finalize your installation simply click on (K) “Activate” and your new theme will be installed.
There you have it! That wasn't too hard was it? If you have any questions or need any help with the process please drop me a comment below!