WordPress themes installation is  your next move having setup a website.

Themes are key element in WordPress; basically they control the visual appearance of your website/blog.

In order to customize your blog from the default WordPress theme (see image below) then you need to first install and activate your preferred theme. Note that there are thousands of free WordPress themes for you to choose from, so the journey should be exciting.


Fig 1:  Default WordPress Theme

How to install free themes from the WordPress.org theme’s directory.

  •  Login to WordPress admin and in the dashboard area, click on Appearance » Themes » Add New


Free wordpress themes

Fig 2:  Installing Free WordPress themes from the themes Directory.  

Pick a theme that excites you by browsing the various filters ;  popular, featured , latest etc.

You can also opt to click the search field to browse the WordPress.org directory using keywords (e.g online shop, magazine, personal blog) or other filters featured on WordPress(see fig 4).

As a matter of fact, each theme in the directory is labelled with various tags that define its functionality making your work easier.

Fig 3: Search for Free WordPress Themes.  



Fig 4: Use Filters to Organize Free Themes in WordPress.

Once you choose any theme, WordPress gives you the option to either ‘Preview’ or ‘install’. By clicking on install, you allow WordPress to automatically download your preferred theme  and all you have to do is hit ‘Activate’for you theme to go live.

The process of uploading a custom theme to your site is equally simple. Simply go to the top of the ‘Add Themes’ page and chose, ‘upload’. You can then search your computer for the Zip file containing your preferred theme.

Now that you have activated a theme that represents your ideas, it’s time to improve the look and feel of your blog.

To do this, head over to themes page and click ‘customize’, this allows you to navigate the various pages to get a taste of the user experience.   

You can even preview how your new theme handles posts, categories, tags, archives, media files etc.

Note also that different themes will also provide options to edit the default settings including, sidebars, footers, headers, colors, fonts and other elements of the theme. Of course for maximum optimization, theme owners require you to upgrade to a Pro –Version.

Pro tip: Remember to always to click on the ‘publish’ button whenever you change your theme’s settings.


Fig 5: Where to Publish changes in WordPress.  

 Posted by : Editorial team.  

Eliud is a website optimization strategist, copywriter and social media consultant living in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a fan of technology, design, and entrepreneurship. Eliud’s other interests include writing, reading and innovation.

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