How to install a Magento theme

Tips and Guides/ 15th Aug 2016/Will Cook-Martin

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How to install a Magento theme is a question that crops up frequently. Installing a Magento theme is the quickest and simplest way to customise the look of your Magento store. Within a few clicks, you can go from the default Magento theme, to a theme chosen by you, which better represents you brand.

The good news for those who have never done it before, is that it’s a fairly simple process

There are many sites on the web offering Magento themes, both free and paid. In the example below, I will talk you through how to install a theme using Magento Connect.

1
Log into the Magento admin panel

Log into your admin panel by visiting the admin URL

This is by default www.yourdomain.com/index.php/admin unless you specified otherwise upon installation

magento_login

2
Launch the Magento Connect manager

Navigate to System-> Magento connect->Magento connect manager

Login using the same credentials used to access the Magento admin panel

magento_connect_login

3
Launch Magento Connect

Click the “Magento Connect” link

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4
Browse and select your theme

Click the “Themes” link on the top menu bar and browse through the themes until you find one you like.

In this example, I’ll be using the “Modern Theme” (the default Magento theme) and so click the “Modern Theme” link

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5
Get the Magento Extension Key

Click the “Install Now” button

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If you don’t currently have a Magento account you’ll need to register now (free) and then login

log_in

Click the “get extension key” button”

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Select and copy the extension key

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6
Install the Magento Theme

Close the Magento Connect page down, back on the Magento Connect Manager page, paste the extension key and click the “install” button

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7
Review theme dependencies

After a short while, a list of theme dependencies will appear.

You should review these individually but usually it is okay to continue by clicking the “proceed” button

magento_theme_dependencies

8
Wait for the console actions to complete

The console will now display and will install your chosen theme

Once this has completed, you can click the refresh button and your chosen theme will be installed.

magento_console

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