So now that you have WordPress installed, are you ready to transform the look of your website with the click of a button? YES?! Then, let's learn how to install a WordPress theme!
Install WordPress Theme
If you are new to WordPress and want to know how to install WordPress theme on your new site, keep reading because in this post I will show you how to instantly update the style of your website.
If you have been following along in this blog post series so far I have shared with you:
What is a WordPress Theme?
Before we get started it is important to know what a WordPress theme is.
Technical: A WordPress theme is a collection of files called template files that work together to define the overall design and changes the way your site looks.
Non-technical: A WordPress theme changes your site design without the need to know how to write code. YAY!
There are thousands (millions?), let's just say there are A LOT of paid and free themes to choose from. I suggest that you experiment with a few different themes to find the one that best meets your needs.
I have experimented with many FREE WordPress Themes and found the GeneratePress WordPress Theme to be my fave and use it here on Jennifer-Franklin.com. It is clean, simple, responsive and I can easily customize a ton of features.
1 | Login to WordPress Dashboard
First, you will log in to your WordPress Dashboard. (Some may laugh at this step; however, I may know someone who had trouble with this.) 😉
Your dashboard will most likely be found here (be sure to change "yourdomain.com" to your domain name):
Enter your username or email address and password on your dashboard login page. It will look like this:
2 | INSTALL WORDPRESS THEME
On the left hand side of your WordPress dashboard is a list of tabs that run vertically. Scroll down until you find APPEARANCE tab. It has a small paintbrush to the left of it. Hover over it and a list of options will pop-up. Click on THEMES.
On this page, you will see some pre-installed themes like Twenty Seventeen. At the top left, click on ADD NEW.
On the next page, you can select from the following WordPress themes: Featured, Popular, Latest, search for a specific theme, or search for themes with specific features.
Spend some time looking through the themes. To find out more information about a theme, hover over the image and click on DETAILS & PREVIEW. This will open up a page with theme details on the left and a preview of the theme on the right.
Want more WordPress theme options?
- GeneratePress is what I use for Jennifer-Franklin.com and my new favorite that can be customized a zillion different ways!
- ThemeForest has 32,394+ Website Templates and Themes starting at just $2!
- Creative Market also has many custom WordPress themes to choose from. This site also offers 6 FREE creative downloads per week (including fonts, templates, pattern packs, and more).
Once you decide on a theme, click on INSTALL. WordPress will install the theme and show you a success message when finished. From here, you can choose from Live Preview, Activate or Return to Theme Installer. Click on ACTIVATE.
Congratulations, you have just installed a new theme!
*cue the happy dance*
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