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How to Install WordPress Theme Manually | 4 Ways

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I don’t think there’s any way to install WordPress theme automatically. So, that’s why I just call think WP Guide article as a “how to install WordPress theme manually”.

Before getting into it, I hope you setup your WordPress Development Environment (or I can say you already installed WordPress in your hosting), if not than read this guide. It will help you in setting up WP environment.

Well, there are 4 ways to install a theme on WordPress, don’t worry we’ll discuss all of them one by one in this article.

Table of content

  • How to install WordPress theme internally
  • How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by uploading method
  • How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by file manager
  • How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by FTP

How to install WordPress theme internally

I am assuming you already logged into your WordPress dashboard, if not than open a new tab and type your-domain.com/wp-admin/ than enter your username & password and click login.

Step 1: Now, go to “Themes” under Appearance on the left side bar.

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Step 2: Now, you can see your all installed themes use any of them or if don’t than click on the “Add New” on the top left side.

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Step 3: Now, there are tons of free themes you can install or if you remember any theme’s name, than enter into the search bar and hit enter.

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Step 4: After deciding which theme you want to install, click on “install”, and after some moment the install button will convert into activate than hit “Activate”

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That’s all you installed your WordPress theme internally!

How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by uploading method

This method is similar to the previous one just few different steps you have take. But this method mostly use when someone want to install any premium theme that are not available on WordPress.

Step 1: Follow the all steps up to step 3 of previous one (How to install WordPress theme internally) than click on “Upload” on the top-left side.

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Step 2: A section will appear on the top side, click on “choose file” and select the zip file where your WordPress theme is located and than click on “Install Now”. If you didn’t download any theme yet and need one than visit this article and choose from the top WordPress themes of 2018.

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After successfully upload, a new window will open click on “Activate” and now, you can see your theme under your themes section.

How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by file manager

First of all login into your Cpanel (if you don’t know how to than there are there are two methods. First by login into your hosting account and the second one is, open a new tab and type your-domain.com/cpanel/ and hit enter. Now, enter your cpanel username & password and click login).

After login into your Cpanel find “file manager” and click on it.

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Now, find “wp content” file and double click on it

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Now, double click on “themes” and click on upload. Choose the zip file from your computer and click ok. Uploading may take 1 to 2 minutes depending on the file size.

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Now, right click on the zip file you uploaded and click extract. Than delete the zip file after extraction.

And congratulations! You successfully uploaded your theme by file manager method.

How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by FTP

The process of uploading and installing WordPress theme manually by FTP is same as previous method (file manger method). Just few more steps you have to take.

First, open filezilla in your computer (if you don’t have filezilla than download this from here and install it).

Now, open filezilla enter your ftp username, password, and IP address or your domain name (but most of the time domain doesn’t work, I don’t know why? If yours work than let me know in the comments because whenever I tried it didn’t work. I always use my IP address).

One thing I forgot to mention, enter the 22 in the port if you’re using sftp (means you have ssl certificate and your domain start with https://) and enter 21 if you’re using ftp (means you don’t have ssl certificate and your domain start with http://). After filling the all information click on “Quickconnect”.

After you successfully logged in you can see a success message on the top-left side. Here’s a picture you can see all details which you have to enter with success message.

how to upload and install wordpress theme manually by ftp method

Now, follow all same steps as read in “How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by file manager” method. The interface is little different but the process is same.

And that’s all for this article.

I hope you love this article and if you’re still facing any difficulty than feel free to ask in comments, I’ll be more than happy to help you there!

Tadaa..!