How to install WordPress theme? How to make your WordPress website look exactly the way you want it to?
People often ask me how to install a WordPress theme. Okay, so, you have chosen WordPress for your website building platform. That’s a great choice actually, you can not pick a better platform to build your website with. Now the next question is how to build a WordPress website. Well, obviously you will have to use WordPress theme for that. WordPress theme is a design solution that is installed on a top of the WordPress engine and before you install your theme you can be in two different states, based on whether you have WordPress installed already (meaning WordPress engine) or you just don’t have it installed yet.
How to install WordPress theme when WordPress engine is already installed?
If you have WordPress engine installed, than things are absolutely easy for you. You take your theme files either as an archive or already extracted like your regular folder and upload it to a /wp-content/themes/ directory, that is where your WordPress themes are. After you’re done uploading and possibly extracting that’s actually it, because site is ready, you only need to go to Appearance section in your WordPress menu, locate Themes there, find the theme that you have just uploaded and activate it.
How to install WordPress theme when WordPress engine is not yet installed?
If you don’t have WordPress installed yet it is still going to be easy for you, it will probably take 5-10 more minutes, because installing WordPress has become very easy lately and the whole process is easy and takes several steps. The first thing that you have to do is to download the latest version of WordPress engine from the official website WordPress.org. Then you would need to create a MySQL database within your hosting. It is the only one thing that can be complicated, because many people are scared of working with databases. But it is very easy to create one and to set proper settings for it with the help of your hosting cPanel.
So once you are done with your database, all you have to do is to upload the WordPress engine to the directory where your website will be installed and start the WordPress installation just by going to the URL of your site. And that’s it. You just need to follow step-by-step instructions that you will see on the screen and within a couple of minutes you will be done. Once you complete the installation of your WordPress engine you need to follow the instructions that were described before in order to install the theme.
So, as you can see, it is easy, and another important thing is that a lot of hosting providers these days allow so-called auto-installation of WordPress, it means that WordPress is pre-installed and you just have it installed instead of following this whole process. In this way it can be installed within couple of clicks using the automated tools within your hosting interface. That is it! It is vey easy, but if you do have any questions, please, feel fee to ask in comments below.
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