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How to Install a WordPress Theme (Complete Guide)

how to install a WordPress theme

The theme is the front end look of your website. It changes how your website looks and feel. WordPress provides us with a lot of themes in different categories. Some themes are free and some are paid. There is a difference between free WP themes and paid WP themes that we will discuss later in this article. But from now on I’m going to show you how to install a WordPress theme. So let’s get started:

How to Install or Change WordPress Theme:

There are two ways to install and activate a Theme in WordPress website.

  1. By choosing a theme, in the given WordPress themes directory.
  2. By uploading a WordPress theme in a zip file (if you have purchased a theme already and downloaded it in a zip file).

If you have not selected any theme yet or you’re confused in choosing the right WordPress theme. Then, see our recommended highest rating and fastest WordPress Themes in 2021 at the end of this article.

Let’s get started:

First Method:

  1. Log in to your WordPress website dashboard. e.g. by going to https://www.sitename.com/wp-admin and entering your username and password.
  2. After logging in, go to the Appearance section located on the left side of your WP site dashboard and then click Themes. As shown below in the image:
go to Appearance section image

By default, WordPress comes with the theme named Twenty-twenty one that is pre-installed.

3. Click Add New Theme button as shown in the image:

WordPress Add New Theme

4. Now, you can search themes by name or you can choose themes in the given categories.

how to install WordPress theme

5. After selecting the theme, click install, it will take less than a minute then click activate as shown below:

install theme

Also, you can click on the live preview to see the preview of your theme before activating it. To check, how it will look like on your live website. I recommend you to do that because it will help you.

activate WordPress theme

6. Now, your theme has been installed. It will take you to this page:

check your site

You can visit your site now to see your theme in action. All WordPress themes recommend different types of plugins that are essential to run those themes properly. So, install those required plugins.

Second Method (Upload Theme in a Zip file):

  1. On your WordPress dashboard, Go to Appearance >> Themes then click Add New Theme. And after that at the top beside Add Themes heading click on the “Upload theme” button. As you can see in the image below:
Upload WordPress Themes

2. Click on Choose File button, and select your theme in a zip file and click ok. After that click on the Install Now button.

3. The installation process will take some minutes to complete. May be 10 minutes depend on your theme file. After this simple click activate and your theme will apply.

Congratulations, you have learnt how to install WordPress theme. But wait see top five themes below.

Top Highest Rating and Fastest WordPress Themes in 2021

1. Astra

Astra is the most popular lightweight and SEO optimized WordPress Theme with over 1 million downloads. With its faster load time and unique features, you will be amazed. This theme is compatible with all popular page builders, like Elementor, Beaver Builder, WP Bakery, and Visual Composer etc.

With Astra, you can make beautiful and mobile-friendly websites. It provides beautiful website templates with a one-click import.

2. OceanWP

OceanWP is another well-known WordPress theme. It also provides unique features. It provides thousands of extensions and one-click install demos. OceanWP is also a WooCommerce ready theme. You can easily integrate the WooCommerce plugin and make your online store. You see more about this theme on their website.

3. Neve

neve wp theme

Neve is a lightweight and fastest theme than others. Speed is the first priority of this theme. Also, it is mobile-friendly and compatible with all page builders. Beautiful WordPress theme for beginners and advanced users.

4. Hestia

hestia wp theme

Hestia and Neve themes are of the same company themeisle. Both have unique features but Hestia is a more modern theme. You can make any type of websites like business sites, blogs, and e-commerce stores etc.

5. ColorMag

colormag wp theme

ColorMag is the best theme for websites like blogs, newspaper, magazine, Health and Technology. It is beautiful free theme. Compatible with any page builder. Unique Extensions for Elementor page builder.

So, all of the above these five are best according to my research and experience. Because I already have used these themes.

Also, check What is WordPress? How to Get Started with it? Beginner’s Guide (2021)

Hope you will like it. If you have any question related to WordPress Themes then feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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