WordPress is a popular Content Management System powering over 43% of websites across the globe. Creating a website with WordPress is a simple process, as well as, designing it. WordPress comes with easy to install themes and plugins for added functionality without the hassle of coding. One of the simplest ways of customizing your website is by installing a theme.  

In this tutorial, we’ll understand what a WordPress theme is and explain how to easily install a WordPress theme in proper order.  

What is a WordPress Theme? 

WordPress theme is a pre-made design template coded specifically for a WordPress website. Themes are coded by developers, each with varied colours, fonts, header and footer layout, page formatting, and a lot more.  

Depending on the type of website you are running you can choose and install a theme of your choice. There are thousands of readymade free and premium themes readily available for users to install as per their needs and likings. If you’ve purchased WordPress Hosting to host your WordPress website, you will easily find these readymade themes in your WordPress repository.  

Let us now move on to understanding how to install a WordPress theme on your website with ease.  

Steps to Install a WordPress Theme  

Method I: Searching for a theme  

Step 1: Log in to your Bluehost account  

Step 2: Next, you will be redirected to the Bluehost dashboard. Here on the left-hand sidebar go to the ‘My Sites’ tab and click on the ‘Manage site’ button   

Step 3: Click on ’Log in to WordPress’ button on the right-hand side 

Step 4: Go to your WordPress dashboard and under the ‘Appearance’ tab on the left-hand sidebar, click on ‘Themes’ 

Step 5: After that, click on the ‘Add New Theme’ after which you will be directed to a page where you have options of searching a theme from the WordPress theme directory or you can even upload it from your local drive 

Step 6: If you want to use a theme available in the repository, you have different options of themes clubbed under different headings such as Featured themes, Popular themes, Latest themes and so on 

Confused much? Still could not find a suitable theme for yourself, don’t worry you can further filter your search by using the ‘Feature Filter’ button which lets you search themes based on features and layouts like grid layout, one or two-column layout.  

Step 7: To check how the theme is you can hover the mouse cursor over the theme name and click on ‘Preview’. Once you’ve decided on the theme, click on ‘Install’ to install the theme

Your selected theme will now be installed, and you will see a success message with the prompt for ‘Activate’ and ‘Live preview’ options

You click on the ‘Activate’ button and your selected theme will be live on WordPress

Post installing the theme, you can click on the ‘Customize’ button to customize your theme as you see fit viz. changing the header, footer, menu layout, colour and font scheme, etc. 

Method II: Upload your theme 

Now for themes that find on third-party or a premium theme you can simply upload it through your WordPress dashboard as below 

Step 1: First, download or make sure you have the .zip file of the theme you want 

Step 2: Go to the ‘Appearance’ tab on your dashboard, click on ‘Themes’ and then click on the ‘Upload’ theme button 

Step 3: You then choose the .zip file of the theme and click ‘Install Now’ and just as above once the theme is installed, we click on ‘Activate’ to make it live on WordPress 

Install a WordPress Theme in 1-2-3

Hope this tutorial helped you understand what WordPress themes are and how to install a WordPress theme easily. There are several WordPress themes available, however, choose the one that you feel suits your website and reflects your business the best.  

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H. Fatima used to be an Engineer by profession and Writer by passion until she started pursuing full-time digital marketing. She is presently a Content Marketeer at Newfold Digital (APAC). She mostly writes what she deeply perceives and analyses, it is her way of unwinding. Her interests include writing, reading, watching foreign-language cinema and public speaking.

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