WordPress Theme Installation

How to install a WordPress theme?

Getting your new WordPress theme installed on WordPress takes only a few steps:

Step 1 – Unziping the donwload files

Please unzip download file, because inside download file are many things included, like help files, license, theme files. After you unzip the download file there are two ways to install the WordPress theme, via FTP client or WordPress upload.

Step 2 – FTP Install

Installing the theme via FTP client (like FileZilla):

FTP Upload: Using your FTP program, upload the non-ziped theme folder  into the  /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server

Step 3 – WordPress Upload – Dashboard

– WordPress Upload:

First you’ll need to go into your WordPress dashboard. To log in to your dashboard, go to mydomain.com/wp-admin and enter your login credentials. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see an admin dashboard that looks like this:


Navigate to Appearance > Themes:


Step 4 – Uploading & Installing Your Theme

On your themes page, you’ll find options at the top like “Manage” and “Install” themes. Please click on the “Install” tab that will reveal options like search, upload…


The one you need is the “Upload” option. When you click “Upload” you’ll see an option to choose theme file. Once you’ve selected your theme ZIP file, click the “Install Now” button and WordPress will install it for you:


Step 5 – Activating your theme

After your theme file is uploaded  WordPress shows you the message that the installation was successful. Now you need to “Activate” your  theme. When you activated theme, your site will switch over to the new theme and all available theme options will appear in your dashboard:


IMPORTANT NOTE A common error that people see when installing a new theme is that the theme is “missing style.css stylesheet” and cannot be installed. This means that you didn’t unzip the download file and you installed the whole download file as a WordPress theme. Please first unzip the download file and than find the right theme file to upload. 

2 thoughts on “How to install a WordPress theme?”

  1. I am trying to install “manly_parallax” theme gives the following error “The following themes are installed but incomplete. Themes must have a stylesheet and a template.” all necessary file permission are given.

    1. Hi, you can’t install Manly to WordPress because this isn’t a WordPress theme, it is a site template. We wrote about it inside FAQ: What is the difference between WP Themes & Website Templates?
      WordPress Themes are built on the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and therefore can be used only inside WordPress CMS.
      Website Templates on the other hand CANNOT be installed in WordPress. They are edited using text editors. Html/CSS knowledge is required.

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