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Installing Themes

NOTE: You need to have a copy of WordPress 3.9+ installed on your server in order to install the theme. You can not install custom themes or plugins on the accounts hosted at WordPress.com

You can install WordPress themes using: WordPress theme uploader or FTP.

Method 1 : Installing Themes With The Uploader

To install themes with the WordPress theme uploader:

  • Download the theme.zip front the Member Area
    • Note: some browsers (eg. Safari) auto extract zip files automatically. Right click on the download link and select "Save Linked File As" will alow you to download as a zip file.
  • Login to wp-admin
  • Go to Appearance > Themes
  • Click on the "Add New" button, then click on the "Upload Theme" button
  • Upload the theme.zip file (note: it is the theme.zip, not the theme-psd.zip that you just downloaded from the member area
  • Activate the theme



Method 2 : Installing Themes With FTP

If the WordPress theme uploader fails, you may install the theme with a FTP software. To install themes via FTP, you need to have a FTP software. If you don't know how to use a FTP software, follow the tutorial on FTP. Here are the basic steps on uploading themes to your server:

  • First extract the theme zip (note: it is the theme.zip, not the theme-psd.zip) on your local computer
  • Connect yo your server via FTP
  • Go the the WordPress root folder on your server, then go to "wp-content > themes" folder
  • Upload the theme folder that you extracted from the zip onto the "themes" folder
  • Then login to WordPress admin, go the Appearance > Themes
  • You should see all the uploaded themes. Click on the "Activate" link to activate the theme (see screenshot below):


Common Issues

I don't see a zip file after downloaded

Some browsers (eg. Safari) auto extract the .zip file. Try to right-click on the download link and select download file as.

If you are using Safari, you can also disable the auto open feature: go to Safari > Preference and uncheck Open safe files after downloading.

WordPress says theme is broken or missing a stylesheet

Make sure you upload the theme.zip file, not theme-psd.zip file. The theme-psd.zip is the Photoshop mockup file.

Can't login to WordPress admin after theme activation

This might be due to conflicts between plugins or WordPress. Follow this tutorial to fix it.