Install WordPress Theme: A Beginner’s Guide

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:

1 | The Difference Between A Website and Blog + 10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs BOTH

2 | Quick Start Guide To Setting Up Your WordPress Website + Blog

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 at Jennifer-Franklin.com

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):

yourdomain.com/wp-admin

Enter your username or email address and password on your dashboard login page. It will look like this:

How to install a WordPress theme: A beginner's guide on Jennifer-Franklin.com.

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.

How to install WordPress theme: a guide for beginners.

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.

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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*

Do you have a WordPress Theme that you love? Share it with us below. 

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2 thoughts on “Install WordPress Theme: A Beginner’s Guide

  1. I think this tutorial is very helpful! This is a wonderful, short and to the point guide. Installing a theme is the very first step one should know in WordPress blogging. There are so many themes out there, it can be very overwhelming. Thank you again for covering this topic so well.

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