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Installing Themes

NOTE: you need to have a copy of WordPress 3.4+ installed on your own 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 with 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 from 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 allow you to download as a zip file.
  • Login to wp-admin
  • Go to Appearance > Themes
  • Click on the "Install Themes" tab, then click on the "Upload" link
  • Upload the theme.zip (note: it is the theme.zip, not theme-psd.zip) that you just downloaded from the member area
  • Activate the theme


Method 2: Installing Themes With FTP

To install themes via FTP, you need to have a FTP software. If don't have a FTP software or 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 theme psd.zip) on your local computer
  • Connect to your server via FTP
  • Go to 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 to 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.