How to Find And Install A WordPress Theme

How to Find And Install A WordPress Theme

If you installed your WordPress blog on your domain. However, you probably noticed that the blog is pretty plain looking – maybe even a little ugly. That’s why today you’ll discover how to quickly and easily change the design of your blog.

Here’s the good news...

You don’t need to know anything about HTML or web design in order to change the blog’s design. That’s because there are thousands of free and paid (premium) “themes” (designs) available for your WordPress blog.

Tips: If you have a unique theme in mind – or if you want something totally exclusive – then you can hire a WordPress theme designer. Just go to elance.com and post your request for a theme designer.

Generally this isn’t necessary, however, since there are thousands of themes to choose from. You’re certain to find something that you like. However, you can start with a theme and then have a designer “tweak” it to make it more exclusive or to better suit your purposes.

For example, you can have a designer create a new graphical header that better matches your blog’s name and content.

3-ways-to-find-a-wordpress-theme

3-ways-to-find-a-wordpress-theme

In all cases, a simple search for WordPress themes will uncover thousands upon thousands of results. That’s why you’ll want to narrow down the results by searching for specific kinds of themes.

For starters, you can search for niche-specific themes, such as “weight loss themes” or “dog themes.” You can further narrow the results by searching for the colors or styles you like,

such as:

  • Columns: “two column” or “three column” themes.
  • Colors: “black and white theme” or “blue theme” or your favorite colors.
  • Style: “art themes” or “professional theme” or “simple theme.”

Tips: Remember, you can always have a theme designer tweak the themeto make it look exactly the way you want it to look.

Once you’ve selected your theme, then your next step is to download it. To do that, you first need to download the theme to your computer.

If it’s packaged in a zip file (and it probably will be), then unzip it (using a tool like WinZip). Be sure to note where the unzipped files reside on your computer.

theme-zip-file

theme-zip-file

Next, upload the files. If you know how to use FTP, you can use FTP software to upload your theme files. Otherwise, go to www.yourdomain.com/cpanel, log into your control panel, scroll down to “Files” and then click on “File Manager.”

Once you’ve accessed your domain files through the file manager, then navigate to the public_html directory and click on it to access your main directory. There you’ll see a folder called “wp-content.” Click on it. Then click on the “themes” folder.

filezilla

filezilla

Once you’ve accessed your domain files through the file manager, then navigate to the public_html directory and click on it to access your main directory. There you’ll see a folder called “wp-content.” Click on it. Then click on the “themes” folder.

Tips: You should now be at: yourdomain.com/wp-content/themes/.

Now upload the theme files from your hard drive to the above “themes” folder on your website.

Next, log into your WP dashboard (http://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php).

Click on “Appearance” (on the navigation menu on the left side of your screen). You should now see the theme you just uploaded. Click on it to show a preview, then click on the “activate” link. Your new theme is now installed!

Tips: You can tweak the theme in your dashboard by clicking on: Appearance->Themes->Editor. If you don’t have any CSS or HTML experience, then go to elance.com and hire someone to tweak the theme for you, if desired.

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