Theme Installation Guide

The common problems with WordPress themes are due to an error in the installation process. If you’re trying to install your theme but it isn’t working, make sure you’re following the right installation steps:

Uploading via the WordPress Uploader

  1. Download the final .zip file for the theme you wish to download from the ‘Themes’ page in your account.
  2. Go to Appearance -> Themes -> Install Themes and click ‘Upload’.
  3. Select the .zip file and click ‘Install Now’.
  4. Once the theme is uploaded you can activate it.

Uploading Theme Files Manually

  1. Download the final .zip file for the theme you wish to download from the ‘Themes’ page in your account.
  2. Unzip the final .zip file; you should now have a final download folder.
  3. Do NOT upload the final download folder. Open up the final download folder.
  4. Browse the contents and find the actual theme folder. If you look inside the theme folder, you will see a style.css file. This is how you know you have found the theme folder.
  5. Upload ONLY the theme folder to your wp-content/themes folder.
  6. Login to your WordPress admin panel and activate the theme.

People often upload the download folder directly to their server. You actually need to open up the download folder to find the theme folder. It’s this theme folder that you need to upload to your server, otherwise you theme won’t work.

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