First, let’s start with what WordPress is. WordPress is an open source, database-driven content management system that, once installed, allows you to manage content, pages, media, create menus, etc. Generally, it gives you power to take control of your website without your web administrator’s help.
However the look of you wordpress site was installation is completed is very basic looking. That’s because the theme that comes pre-installed with WordPress is very basic, simple, and boring. Yes it’s responsive, and yes it does look slicker than most 90s websites. But it’s still pretty plain. That’s the style of the theme simple. It’s meant to be uncomplicated. But that’s not really how we want our site to be, right? We want colors, and cool tricks, and we want to stand out!
So then a theme controls the look of your wordpress website. It changes the aesthetic look of your website, without changing the core functionality of WordPress that we all love and enjoy. Think of the theme as the component that dresses up and beautifies your site, just as the clothing that is placed on a mannequin to dress it up.
Here is a video that explains how to install a theme.
Access install theme functionality in your WP admin. The first thing you need to do when you want to install a new WordPress theme is to login to your site admin page. Once there, go to Appearance -> Themes.
Here, you will see all the themes you have currently installed in your application. To add another one, simply click on the Install Themes tab.
On this page there are two ways to add a new theme. You can either use the search field which will return results from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive. In this tutorial we will show you how to add themes in both ways.
Choose and Install a theme from the official WordPress theme directory
The easiest way to install themes to your WordPress site is if they are listed in the official themes directory. This allows you to search for the theme you need directly from your site admin page. Each theme in the official directory has to have Tags that describe its functionality allowing you to easily search for the right theme.
If you know the theme’s name, you can simply search for it.
However, usually that’s not the case. This is why, you can use the Feature Filter. For example, you can search for a Black and White, Two columns theme that has Flexible Width. Simply check those tags and press the Apply Filters button.
You will now see all themes that meet your search. Hover over any of them and you will see two options – to see a demo of the theme or to install it. Once you choose which theme you want to use for your site, press the blue Install button.
Your WordPress application will download and install the theme for you. Simply click the Acticate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
That’s all – you can go to the front page of your site to see its new looks.
Upload a theme you have already downloaded
If you have a theme that’s not listed in the WordPress.org directory, you can simply upload it from theThemes -> Install Themes section in WordPress. To do this click on the Upload link at the top of the page.
Now, click the Choose File button, select the archive of your theme from your local computer and press the Install Now button.
In few seconds, WordPress will upload and extract the theme archive for you. All you need to do next is to press the Activate link under the message for successful theme installation.
That’s it! You can now go to the front end of your site and see the newly activated theme.