We have been going through a 6-part series about setting up your website and this is the final step. The fact that you have gotten to installing your theme means you’ve gone through all the steps successfully and the hardest part is behind you. Congratulations!

If you’ve just joined us and haven’t gone through the steps, we recommend that you do. They are very important in helping you set up your website the right way. Click on the respective links to take you to the relevant article. If you would like help setting everything up, we provide excellent website management services and would love to help.

  • Tips for choosing the perfect domain name
  • How to choose the right web host for your WordPress website
  • Installing a WordPress site
  • How to choose the best WordPress plugins for your website
  • How to select the perfect WordPress theme

In this article, we will take you through the steps of installing your selected theme and how to activate it. Your website will have a brand-new look in no time at all.

Let’s get started.

How to Install Your Theme of Choice on WordPress

Step 1: Download Your Theme Files

After buying your theme of choice from the developer, you will need to download the .zip file that contains the WordPress template files. We recommend that you rename it into a name that it easier for you to remember. By default, the file will be saved to your downloads folder but you can choose an alternative location like desktop folder.

Step 2: Log into Your Dashboard

Next step would be to log into your website’s dashboard and navigate to the theme management interface.

To log into your dashboard, navigate to yourdomainname.com/wp-admin and enter your login details. Your admin dashboard should look something similar to this:

How to Install Your Theme of Choice on WordPress

Next, navigate to the theme management page under Appearance > Themes. This can be found in the left side bar as shown:

How to Install Your Theme of Choice on WordPress

Step 3: Upload and Install

In the themes management page, you will see an ‘Add New’ button at the top of the page. Click on this button.

How to Install Your Theme of Choice on WordPress

In the next page, click the ‘Upload Theme’ button and select ‘browse’ to go to where the .zip file containing your WordPress theme is located.

How to Install Your Theme of Choice on WordPress

Select the file, click ‘Install Now’ and give it a few moments to upload and install your theme

Step 4: Activate Your New Theme

The last step after installing your theme is activating it. This is as simple as clicking on ‘Activate’.

How to Install Your Theme of Choice on WordPress

You however have the option to view a live preview of the theme and make some adjustments before activating. The choice is yours though.

Step 5: You are All Set

You are done! Yeeey! Time to pop the champagne. Or is it?

You can now begin customizing and adding content to your brand new website. After this, you can show off your new website design to your friends and visitors.

Be warned that it takes some time to get the design as you would like it to be and sometimes, especially for beginners, it can get quite frustrating. Be patient. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you have gone through all the steps correctly and have selected the right theme, we are confident that you will eventually get to where you want to be.


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