Adding New Themes

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.

To add a new theme to your WordPress installation, follow these basic steps:

  1. Download the theme archive and extract the files it contains. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files. Follow the guidelines provided by your theme author.
  2. Using an FTP client to access your host web server, create a directory to contain your theme in the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress. For example, a theme named Test should be in wp-content/themes/test. Your theme may provide this directory as part of the archive.
  3. Upload the theme files to the new directory on your host server.
  4. Follow the instructions below for selecting the new theme.

Selecting the Active Theme

To select the active theme for your site:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels.
  2. Select the Presentation subpanel.
  3. From the Select column in the table, click on Select for the theme you wish to activate.
  4. To view the new look, click View Site at the top of the Panel's screen.

Your selection should immediately become active.

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