How to Install and Manage Themes within WordPress

It’s All About User Experience

Themes are one of the greatest tools within WordPress because of the ease you can try out and apply a new design to your Website with a few clicks of your mouse. From free themes to premium and custom themes, it just a matter of sorting through thousands of possibilities to find the perfect look and feel for your Website.

In this particular video I cover how to install and manage themes within WordPress and throughout this section I discuss what to look for and what to avoid when working with free themes, premium themes and custom themes.

What this Video Covers

  • An overview of WordPress themes
  • How to search for themes from within WordPress
  • How to install themes
  • How to preview and activate themes
  • How to install a premium theme or a theme downloaded from another site

Video Transcript

Hi, there. We’re going to talk a bit about how to manage and install themes within WordPress. One of the most powerful features of WordPress is the ability to change the way the site looks and feels to a user with a few clicks. Now there are thousands upon thousands of themes out there, and they range from free to premium. Premium basically means you’re going to have to buy a license to use the theme. They typically run between $25 and $100. You could also have a designer/developer create a custom theme for you. However, like I said, there are plenty of themes to choose from right off the bat. And in order to get started here we’re going to go to the left side menu under Appearance and the sub-menu item Themes.

Immediately, we’re going to see the theme that is currently installed and active on our site. Below, we’re going to see all the other themes that are currently installed on our site but are not active. If this is a new WordPress install, you’ll probably have a couple default themes already installed within your system. Searching for new themes is very easy. We can simply click the “Install Themes” tab across the top here and do a quick search for something that might fit the type of site we’re building. Now I’m going to use the keyword “business” just as a quick example to see what we come up with. The results return 69 themes that have the word “business” in their description. I can click any one of these to take a closer look at it. On the right side, it’s going to basically show me what an active theme is going to look like, and on the left side I have a complete description of the theme as well as an average user rating.

I can immediately install this theme by clicking Install, or I can hit Close to continue my search. Once I find a theme that I like, I can simply click Install. Like most things in WordPress, it’s going to take care of just about everything for me, and it’s ready. I can do a live preview, which is basically going to show me what my site looks like with this theme installed without affecting the front end, meaning a public visitor to my site is not going to see it this way. I can immediately save and activate the theme, or I can hit Cancel. Activating the theme is as simple as clicking Activate. And now, anyone who visits my site will see the new theme. Some themes come with their own set of options, which will usually appear under the Appearance menu or under the Settings menu. Now, that’s how you do a search for free themes on, but like I said, there are thousands upon thousands of themes out there. And folks post themes to their own websites, or you may purchase one from one of the premium WordPress theme sites.

So let’s say I purchased one from one of these sites, and I was able to download it to my computer. Well, installing it is just about as easy as it was searching for it. But this time what we’re going to do is we’re going to click Upload. Now, the important thing here is that you want to make sure that you’re grabbing the file that is in a zip format. Once you’ve done that, you can simply click Install Now, and again, everything is going to be taken care of for you. Once it’s installed, we can activate it right away. And that’s about all there is to managing themes within WordPress. It’s quite easy.