Installing Themes

NOTE: You need to have a copy of WordPress 3.9+ installed onto your server in order to install the theme. You can install custom themes or plugins on the accounts hosted at Business Plan only.

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 front the Member Area
    • Note: some browsers (e.g. Safari) automatically extract zip files. Right click on the download link and select "Save Linked File As", which will allow you to download it 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 file (Note: it is the, not the 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, not the on your local computer
  • Connect to 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
  • 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 the download

Some browsers (e.g. 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 by going to Safari > Preference and uncheck Open safe files after downloading.

WordPress says theme is broken or missing a stylesheet

Make sure you upload the file, not file. The 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.

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