How To Install WordPress Themes Automatically

How To Install WordPress Themes Automatically

How To Install WordPress ThemesIn this tutorial you will learn about using WordPress themes, the benefits and advantages of choosing WP themes over traditional web design and how to install a theme on your WordPress site or blog automatically.

Note: To learn how to upload and install a WordPress theme manually, see this tutorial.

About WordPress Themes

A WordPress theme is a complete set of web design templates, often created by professional web designers and web design agencies specifically for the WordPress platform.

Thousands of high quality WordPress themes are available to WordPress users. Themes are generally distributed as Free Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License, or sold as Premium (paid) themes.

The WordPress development team maintains a FREE WordPress Theme Directory which gives WordPress users access to thousands of great themes at no cost …

WordPress Theme Directory

As more businesses turn to WordPress for publishing and managing their content online, more designers are now focusing on creating themes for a wider audience of WordPress site owners.

WordPress themes range from simple, stylish and professional looking, to visually stunning and highly creative designs that would normally cost thousands of dollars to commission, but are surprisingly very inexpensive to buy.

You can view a number of WordPress theme galleries containing stunning examples of themes that you can have immediate access to here: Finding great themes for your WordPress site.

Benefits And Advantages Of Using WordPress Themes

Here are just some of the unique benefits and advantages of using WordPress themes over choosing traditional web design:

  • Themes give sites a unified and consistent “look and feel” across all of the site’s elements, i.e. pages, headers, footers, menus, layout, etc …
  • A “theme” works independently of your site’s content. This makes it possible to change themes as often as you like (and hence the “look and feel” of your site) without affecting the content.
  • Many themes provide various features and options that allow you to easily customize the theme’s layout and design properties to create a unique look and style to suit your preferences.
  • Many themes are built using a framework that allows you to update your theme to a newer theme version without losing any of your unique customizations (e.g. CSS styles)
  • Themes allow WordPress users to save thousands of dollars on web design costs. Free themes cost nothing and most “Premium” WordPress themes are typically very inexpensive.

As you will see further below in this tutorial, WordPress not only provides a number of integrated search features that allows users to search, import and install WordPress Themes automatically from their WP dashboard, but any WordPress user can install a theme on their site easily and without any web design knowledge required. You simply choose a Free or Premium WordPress theme, upload it to your site and activate it.

Watch the video below and complete the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to install WordPress themes automatically on your site or blog.

How To Install WordPress Themes Automatically

Installing WordPress Themes Automatically – Step-By-Step Tutorial

Log into your WordPress admin section, then scroll down your WP-admin sidebar menu and click on Appearance > Themes

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You will be taken to the “Themes” section of your WordPress administration area.

Click on Install Themes

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The “Install Themes” section allows you to import, upload and install and activate WordPress themes on your site …

How To Install WordPress Themes

There are several options for installing WordPress themes:

  • “By URL” method
  • “Search” method
  • “Upload” method
  • “Featured” method
  • “Newest” method
  • “Recently Updated” method

Let’s go through each of these options now, starting with the “Upload” Method, as this is most likely the method you will use to upload themes to your site.

Installing WordPress Themes Using The Upload Method

Use the “Upload” method to upload a theme from your hard drive and automatically install it on your WordPress site. This feature is useful if you want to install a custom WordPress theme (e.g. a theme purchased through a theme vendor), or if your site does not allow you to install a theme directly from the WordPress Theme Directory.

To upload and install a WordPress Theme automatically to your site using the “Upload” feature, first make sure that you have downloaded a zipped file containing the theme you want to your hard drive.

Either download a premium theme from the vendor’s site, or visit the WordPress Theme Directory and browse through the site until you find a theme that you like.

Tip: Use the WordPress Theme Directory’s filter and tag interface to search for free themes based on specific criteria like theme colors, number of columns, fixed or flexible width, special features or theme topics, etc …

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When you find a theme that you like, click on the Download button to save the theme’s zip file to your hard drive …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Tip: We recommend creating a folder on your hard drive to store all of your WordPress-related files (e.g. updates, plugins, themes, etc …). This will help you keep things organized and save you time when managing your site …

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Once you have downloaded your theme, go to your WordPress admin and select Appearance > Themes > Install Themes, then click on Upload in the options menu at the top of the page …

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Click on Browse to search inside your hard drive for the theme file to be uploaded  …

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Locate the theme .zip file you downloaded earlier to your computer, then select the file and click Open

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Click on Install Now to import and install the theme file …

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Note: You may be asked to enter your FTP details in the “Connection Information” screen. If this happens, enter your “Hostname”, “Username” and “Password” and click “Proceed” to continue …

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If the theme installs successfully, you will see a “Theme installed successfully” message on your screen. Click on “Live Preview” to preview your theme, return to the main Themes page, or click Activate to begin using the theme on your site straight away …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Once your theme is activated, you can click on “Visit site” to view your site live on your browser (and see your site the way your visitors will see it), or choose another function to keep working inside your WP admin area …

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Note: “Activating” a theme replaces a previously active theme as the default theme displaying on your site. Your other themes will remain installed and inactive on your site. Inactive themes do not get deleted from your site unless you specifically delete them. You can install as many WordPress themes on your site as your server space will allow.

Installing WordPress Themes Using The Search Feature

Go to your WordPress admin and select Appearance > Themes > Install Themes, then click on Search in the options menu at the top of the page …

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The Search feature allows you search for free WordPress themes listed in the WordPress Theme Directory database by entering keywords or selecting specific features …

How To Install WordPress Themes

To search for themes, enter a keyword in the “Search for themes by keyword” field, or select specific features you are looking for by ticking the checkboxes next to the features you want, and click on “Find Themes” …

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A list of themes matching your search criteria is returned by the search feature and displayed in your window. To install a theme on your site just click on the Install Now link below the theme’s thumbnail image …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Tip: You can also preview how a theme will look before installing it by clicking on the “Preview” link below the thumbnail image, or click on “Details” to read the theme developer’s description and other information …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Installing WordPress Themes Using The URL Feature

The default theme installation screen is “By URL“.

If you know the location of your theme’s zip file, enter the URL into the location field and click Install Now to install your theme …

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The “Featured”, “Newest” and “Recently Updated” methods all work in a similar way. Let’s take a look at these functions now.

Installing WordPress Themes Using The Featured Method

Go to your WordPress admin and select Appearance > Themes > Install Themes, then click on Featured in the options menu at the top of the page …

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A list of the current featured themes on the WordPress Theme Directory is displayed in your window. To install a theme on your site just click on the Install Now link below the theme’s thumbnail image …

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Installing WordPress Themes Using The Newest Feature

Go to your WordPress admin and select Appearance > Themes > Install Themes, then click on Newest in the options menu at the top of the page …

How To Install WordPress Themes

A list of newly-added themes to the WordPress Theme Directory is displayed in your window. To install a theme on your site just click on the Install Now link below the theme’s thumbnail image …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Installing WordPress Themes Using The Recently Updated Feature

Go to your WordPress admin and select Appearance > Themes > Install Themes, then click on Recently Updated in the options menu at the top of the page …

How To Install WordPress Themes

A list of the recently updated themes on the WordPress Theme Directory is displayed in your window. To install a theme on your site just click on the Install Now link below the theme’s thumbnail image …

How To Install WordPress Themes

Note: If you experience any problems installing a WordPress theme using the methods shown above, then try using the manual method to install WordPress themes described in this tutorial: How To Install WordPress Themes Manually

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