How can I install a new theme?

There are many Themes available for download that will work with your WordPress installation.

If the Theme that you are installing provides instructions, be sure to read through and follow those instructions for the successful installation of the Theme. It is recommended that Theme developers provide installation instructions for their own Themes, because Themes can provide special optional functionality that may require more steps than the basic installation steps covered here. If your Theme does not work after following any provided instructions, please contact the Theme author for help.

Adding New Themes:

Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels.

  1. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
  2. Select Add New.
  3. Either use the Search or Filter options to locate a Theme you would like to use.
  4. Click on the Preview link to preview the Theme or the Install Now link to upload the Theme to your blog,
  5. Or use the Upload link in the top links row to upload a zipped copy of a Theme that you have previously downloaded to your machine.

Selecting the Active Theme:

To select a Theme for your site:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels.
  2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
  3. From the Themes panel, roll over the Theme thumbnail image for the Theme you are interested in to see options for that theme.
  4. You can view more information about any theme by clicking Theme Details.
  5. A live preview of any Theme (using your blog’s content) can be seen by clicking Live Preview.
  6. To activate the Theme click the Activate button.