How To Install WordPress ThemeIn this simple and straight forward video you will learn that there are basically three methods for installing a new theme. The most practical are picking an existing one from the Work Press inventory and the other is uploading a Word Press theme file you previously downloaded to your computer from another site. In either case the process for doing this is basically the same.
Themes in Word Press reside in the “appearance” section on the side menu. Once you are in the appearance menu go to “theme” and you will have various options for selecting one from the inventory or you can upload one you previously placed on your computer. The next step is to “Install” the theme using the install button. This only places the theme in your Word Press directory, you will still need to activate it before it will show up on your site. If you are relatively new to Word Press your best option may be to use a theme already in your Word Press directory.
How to Change and Install WordPress Themes (and Things You NEED to Know Before You Change Themes!)Now that you are familiar with the mechanics of installing a theme it is time to get into the real meat and potatoes of transforming your blog. You will have to set up your new theme with content, images, plug-ins, widgets, etc… Big word of caution here; before you go changing themes take some time to consider a few consequences of changing themes. In addition to the new appearance you need to be aware that your side bars will be affected as will your menus and settings. I would recommend a couple of things such as backing up your blog, taking notes of any current custom features you may have in your blog you want to keep, and if you have some form of tracking you want to keep that as well. It may even be a great idea to use a sub-domain to test the new site with out impacting the current one.
The great thing about changing themes in Word Press is that the process is certainly reversible. You may consider optimizing your current theme first making use of all the options available within your current theme. However, if you are not happy with the outcome go ahead and find a viable theme for your situation and change your theme. One other good idea is to download and install a “Maintenance Mode” plug-in to let your readers know your are making changes to your blog.
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