It’s very easy to switch the WordPress Theme on your site. Changing the appearance of your whole website is a huge step. That’s the reason why you should create a complete backup of your site before making any changes.
After you have created a complete backup of your website, you need to follow these some steps before changing your WordPress theme.
There are many free and paid WordPress themes available for you to pick from. But before you can switch themes, you first need to install the new theme on your site.
Changing to a Free Theme
If you’re changing to a free theme which is in the Theme Directory on WordPress.org, you can install it directly from your WordPress admin area using the search feature.
First you should go to Appearance » Themes where you will see a list of all currently installed themes on your site. After, you should click on the “Add New” button on the top of the screen.
This will take you to the “Add New theme” page where you can search and browse free themes from WordPress.org themes directory. You should start by typing the name of the theme in the search box, and it will automatically appear in the results. Simply click on the ”install” button to download and install the theme.
Just remember that installing a theme does not automatically “activate” or apply that theme on your website. It only downloads the theme.
There’s another way to install a theme in WordPress. You can simply upload the zip file of your theme. If you want to use a commercial WordPress theme, you must use this method since the search method we showed above is only for free themes that are listed in the WordPress.org themes directly.
You should start by downloading the theme zip file on your computer. Once you have a theme zip file, you need to go to Appearance » Themes and click on the “Add New” button on top of the screen. On the “add new theme” screen, you should click on the “Upload Theme” button on top of the screen. The Theme upload form will appear. Just click on the “Choose file” button and locate the zip file on your computer. After selecting the zip file, you should click on the “Install now” button. WordPress will upload the zip archive from your computer to your website and install it for you.
After you have successfully installed a WordPress theme, you can activate and apply that theme on your website. Go to Appearance » Themes where you will see all the themes installed on your WordPress site including the new one that you just added.
Take the mouse over to the theme you want to activate, and you will see an “Activate” button below the theme.
Now all you have to do is to click on the “Activate” button to apply that theme on your WordPress site. You may also use the “Live Preview” button to see how the new theme would look on your site.
After activation, you can visit the front page of your website to see the new theme in action.
Hope this article was helpful for you, guys!