WEB170 » Installing and Using a Pre-Developed WordPress Theme
There are many, many designers and developers all over the world designing and producing themes that you can download and install. You can find some of these themes in the WordPress Theme Directory.
Step One: Downloading a Pre-Developed Theme
Let’s go to the the WordPress Theme Directory and choose a random theme for absolutely no apparent reason what-so-ever except that we need a demo:
Okay… I think I totally just lied in the previous statement. I think I am going to have to choose and download the theme named “Besty” because I originally read that “Betsy” and that is too funny to pass up for me. From now on I am going to call it, “Betsy.”
Once you download the theme, you should see it as a zip file. I’m on a Mac. So, it’s in my downloads folder.
Step Two: Installing a Pre-Developed Theme
Once you have downloaded a theme, you need to upload it. So, log-in to your WordPress Admin document.write(‘meow’);
Go to Appearance > Themes. You will be taken to the Appearance Themes SubPanel where you can choose which theme you would like to use or add anew one.
Click on the “Add New” button:
From here, you can either choose one from the list or upload one that you have downloaded.
Let’s choose to “Upload Theme:”
From here, we can browse for our selected theme:
Select your zip file:
Install your Theme:
Activate Your Theme:
Let’s Preview or Visit Site:
We should now see our new them in action:
Let’s now go take a look at where the theme actually lives:
When we upload a new theme, it is stores in out themes directory. This is where we will also be storing any theme that we create.