WordPress 2.8: Changing your theme

I received a lot of request from my friends who are blogging using WordPress on how to change the look of their blog. To help me save my time explaining it over and over again, here are some simple steps that you need to perform as a WordPress newbies.

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I assume you have already managed to install WordPress using your Fantastico De Luxe feature that comes with your cPanelX. It’s really easy and shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes.

Downloading the theme

Perform a search on Google using the keyword “free WordPress themes” or similar phrases and look for a template that will fit your needs. Once you find a WP template that you like, preview it (check its live demo) to see if all is OK. Imagine how it shall look like on your website (blog). Then click the download button or link and you should be downloading a .zip file.

Extract the file

Extract the .zip file on your PC and read the ReadMe document that is included within the template’s files (if any) for your reference and to know the license.

Uploading to your web server

Upload the complete folder of your template to your WordPress installation – into the following folder: yourwebsite.com/wp-content/themes/

The best way to do this is to upload the files via FTP using an FTP client. Uploading files via the file manager from your cPanelX would take too long time and would be quite difficult as you would have to upload the files file by file. So if your web hosting provider supports FTP, it’s worth using it.

Activate the theme

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Now that the files are uploaded, you just need to activate the template. To activate it simply login to your WP installation on yourwebsite.com/wp-login.php and go to Appearance > Themes and just select the new theme. Click “Activate”. Now when you refresh your website, it should load with the new WordPress theme.

So that’s it, you are done!

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