WordPress Tutorials – How to Install a Theme
Most of the world's blogs use the WordPress content management system, a completely free and open source solution for designing your own blog website. Due to its immense popularity, including in the business world, there are literally thousands of themes available. You can use these themes to customize the appearance and layout of your blog in wide variety of ways. Although there are professionally-designed premium themes which cost a one-time fee, the vast majority of themes are free. Most themes are themselves fairly customizable without requiring any knowledge of Web design and coding. These themes allow you to design a truly unique website which boasts your own personal touch. If you are a professional Web developer, there's nothing stopping you from designing your own themes too, although this does require an extensive knowledge of HTML and CSS coding as well as familiarity with the inner workings of the WordPress system.
Step 1 – Installing WordPress Themes
Log in to your WordPress dashboard with an administrator account. Point the mouse over “Appearance” in the sidebar and click “Themes.” You will appear at the Manage Themes page. If you have not previously installed any themes, you will only see the very drab and basic default WordPress theme set as the current theme. Since it is time to get creative and give your website a completely new look, open the “Install Themes” tab.
In the next page, you can search for themes by a wide variety of criteria. If you know the name of the theme you are looking for, type it into the box and click “Search.” Alternatively, check the boxes describing the type of theme you are looking for and click “Find Themes.”
Browse through the thumbnail reviews of the themes in the search results. Click “Preview” to take a look at a sample of the theme in application and, if you are happy with it, click “Install.” Repeat the process to install as many themes as you want.
Step 2 – Managing WordPress Themes
Return to the “Manage Themes” section of the WordPress dashboard. You will now see a list of available themes. These consist of thumbnail previews of all of the themes you downloaded and installed in the previous step. Before you apply one of the installed themes, you can click “Live Preview” to view your actual website using that theme without actually activating it. If you like the theme and you want to use it, simply click “Activate.”
Be aware that, when you change the theme, some other elements of your site may not be displayed correctly. In order to get the best out of the new theme, you may need to alter the location of things such as widgets and images in blog posts.