How to Install a WordPress Theme

A woman installing a WordPress theme.

Ready to install a WordPress theme?  Great!  There are tons of resources online when it comes to themes. We recommend themes from the Theme Directory.

If you’re looking for a Premium theme we recommend WooThemes or any company in the Premium theme Directory. If you plan to purchase a Premium theme for your WordPress site, see if the author has a free version you can try before purchase.

 Step 1: Access Theme Menu:

To install a theme from the Theme Directory or Upload a theme log in to the WordPress Dashboard. Next, visit Appearance > Themes. This path will lead you to the Theme menu, where you can get started.

Appearance Themes Dashboard menu
Note: if you have installed a theme, activating it will change the way your content is displayed and your sites functionality.

 Step 2: Select Add New

Once you’ve clicked on Themes you’ll be brought to the Theme Menu.  Here you can select Add New and you’ll then be able to choose from featured WordPress themes, search for themes that have certain features, or browse the most popular WordPress themes to see if they fit what you’re looking for.

Add new WordPress Theme button.

Note: The first theme in listed is the currently active theme on your site.

WordPress theme menu showing a preview of all downloaded themes.

Not a type-o, really do some research on your theme! Before purchasing a theme that might display the way you want your site or WooCommerce store to look, read up on the features and see if it’s the right solution for your needs.

Step 4: Install theme

To install a theme from the WordPress Theme Directory use the search box on the right to find your theme. For this tutorial we’ll install “Twenty Twelve”. Once you’ve found your theme, click on the Install button to begin the install process.

Screenshots of a user installing a new WordPress theme.

If you downloaded a theme from another location use the Upload Theme button to start the install process.

Upload theme button.

Now click the  Browse button to select your .zip file from the theme author.

Your theme will now be installed, you’ll see a success message when the download concludes. You will see something similar to the image below:

Theme menu with an Activate button for activating an already installed WordPress theme.

Note that this is just a notification of the download progress, your theme is not activated and displaying on your site yet.

Step 5: Activate your  theme

When you’re ready to change your theme and update your site— you’ll have to select Activate.  Once you’ve downloaded the theme, you’ll have in listed in your Theme Menu and you’ll be able to view all of your downloaded themes there.

Screenshot of a user activating an installed WordPress theme. Once you’ve clicked on the Activate button, you’ve successfully installed and activated your new theme!  The next step is to ensure that all of your site’s content is in working order, you may need to reconfigure some settings depending on your theme.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to log into your MyPressable account and submit a ticket to our Customer Support Experts!

Amanda Nadhir

Amanda serves as the Head of Sales and Enablement for Pressable. She's worked in the tech space for well over a decade and has spent the majority of that time building/training/leading teams. She loves travel and adventure and when she's not working, you can find her spending time with her family, lounging pool/beach-side, playing tennis, working out, and meeting people/making friends all along the way!

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