1.0 WordPress Theme Instalation

Video Tutorial

If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading. This is a demo Video, please note that in your case you need to Upload AWA Theme. 

Install a Theme using WordPress Admin Theme Search

If you’re looking to install a free WordPress theme from the  WordPress.org themes directory, then the easiest way is by using the WordPress admin theme search functionality.

First  thing you need to do is  login  to your WordPress admin area. Next, click on  Appearance » Themes.

Click on Appearance Themes

Once you are on the themes page, click on the  Add New button at the top.

Add New Themes in WordPress

Install a Theme by using Upload Method from WordPress Admin

The first method that we covered only allows you to install free themes that are available in the WordPress.org theme’s directory. But what if you want to install a commercial “premium” WordPress theme from companies like  ThemeLabStudioPressiThemes, etc.

Or what if you want to install a custom theme? Well  in  this case, you would need to install the theme using the upload method from your WordPress admin.

Start by downloading the .zip file of the theme that you purchased from a marketplace or a commercial theme provider.

Next login to your WordPress admin area and click on  Appearance » Themes.

Click on Appearance Themes

Once you are on the themes page, click on the  Add New button at the top.

Add New Themes in WordPress

On the next screen, click on the  Upload Theme button at the top.

WordPress Theme Install Upload Theme

You will be prompted to choose the zip file that you downloaded earlier. Select the file and click Install Now.

Upload the Theme File in WordPress

Once your theme is installed, you will see a success message along with the link to activate and preview the theme.

Activate a WordPress Theme

Click on the activate button, and you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme. Depending on the theme, it may add additional settings options that you may need to configure either through the theme customizer or through a separate options panel.

Note: The theme upload functionality is only available for self-hosted WordPress.org users. If you’re using WordPress.com, then you will not see this option  because   it  limits you. In order to use custom theme upload feature, you would need to use self-hosted WordPress.org (See this article that explains the difference between Self Hosted WordPress.org vs WordPress.com). If you want to switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, then read our tutorial on how to properly move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

Installing a WordPress Theme using FTP

If you’re feeling adventurous and  want  take it to the next level, then you can learn about installing WordPress themes using FTP. Remember, this is not for true beginners because it is a little bit more advanced.

First  start by reading this article  about   how  to use FTP (Video Included).

Now that you have read the article above and installed and  setup  your FTP program, connect to your host using FTP. You would need to go to the path (/wp-content/themes/). Once you’re there, simply upload your theme’s folder there.

Remember you must unzip the folders before you upload a theme using FTP. Once you have uploaded the theme, you would need to go to your admin area and click on  Appearance » Themes.

You should see the theme that you uploaded listed there. Bring your mouse on top of that theme and click on the activate button.

We hope this step by step guide helped you install a WordPress theme on your site. This article was created using the screenshots of version WordPress 3.9. Since WordPress is constantly evolving, we will try our best to keep this guide up to date. If you notice that there is something missing, then feel free to let us know.