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How to easily install a WordPress theme


This guide will show you how to quickly install a WordPress theme to your website/blog.

A theme is in essence a template that customises your website and allows it to look a certain way. There are thousands of themes available to users, both without charge and paid for. Typically you’ll find the difference between a paid for and free of charge template will be the number of editable features available. However, it has become more common for an author to release a free template with the option to pay a fee to upgrade and release all of the content.

These premium themes vary in cost but are generally priced between $30 – $60 dollars. Along with extra features, the user also tends to receive priority support and help should they have any queries or encounter a problem.

Personally, I feel a premium WordPress theme is usually worth the money. A recommended site for templates is ThemeForest. Just make sure that the theme you purchase is compatible with WordPress as they do provide templates in various formats.

Did you know…

At Clook, one of our specialisms is providing WordPress Optimised Hosting, if you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with us.

To add a theme, simply follow these instructions:

To install a WordPress theme featured on


Login to your WordPress admin area, usually



From the dashboard you should navigate to ‘Appearance’ > ‘Themes’

WordPress theme


You’ll be presented with a display of your current installed themes. To add a new one click ‘Add New’.



On the page that loads you will see 15 featured themes. To view more simply click one of the other headings: Popular, Latest, Favourites.

Once you’ve found a theme you like it’s recommended to view the preview – this will show you the template in more detail. If you are ready to add it to your site hit the ‘Install’ button.



Once installed all you need to do is click ‘Activate’ and the theme will then be active on your domain.


To install a WordPress theme you have already downloaded:

If you have purchased a theme and wish to make it active on your site the instructions are similar to adding a site from the Dashboard.

You’ll need to follow steps 1 – 3 above – log into the WordPress back office, navigate to ‘Themes’ and click ‘Add New’.


This time we’re going to click ‘Upload Theme’ at the top left hand side…


This opens up a box where you will select the location of your zip file from your local machine. Once found, hit ‘Install Now’. It may take a few minutes whilst the data is uploaded to your site.


When the transfer has finished you will be see a message saying ‘Theme installed successfully. To make it active, click ‘Activate’


Did you know…

At Clook, one of our specialisms is providing WordPress hosting, if you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with us.

About The Author

Scott is a UX Designer and Developer at Clook. He’s passionate about UI Design, WordPress Development and Marketing.

Working on the creative, branding and marketing side of Clook. He's involved in creating a variety of digital and print designs for us.

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