How to Manually Install a WordPress Theme
Important: Themes downloaded directly from the internet usually come in a compressed zip file. You can either unzip the file on your local computer before uploading it, or unzip the file after uploading.
- Locate and download the plugin of your choice.
- Connect to your hosting files using FTP.
- Upload your theme file(s) into the /wp-content/themes/ folder.
- Log into your WordPress Dashboard and activate the plugin.
As a final result, the themes directory should now have a new folder containing a "style.css" file and a "index.php" file. Some themes might also provide various image files or scripting files that are necessary for the theme's functionality.
Premium (purchased) themes might also come with PDFs or notes promoting other products sold by the theme developer. These files are probably not necessary and can be deleted if desired (we recommend consulting the theme developer before removing any unwanted files).