How to Install a Purchased Theme

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When you purchase a WordPress theme you’ll generally get a download link for the zip file. To upload this theme to your site involves a couple simple steps.

  1. Log into your WordPress site, and go to “Appearances > Themes” menu item
  2. Click the “Install Themes” tab at the top of that screen
  3. Click the “Upload” submenu, also near the top
  4. Now choose the .zip file that you have of the theme click “Install Now”

A couple notes:

  • If you use WordPress.com, you cannot upload your own themes.
  • If your zip file contains multiple themes, you’ll need to unzip it, and then re-zip each theme individually.
  • Purchase themes only from trusted sources- otherwise you run the risk of getting a hacked version (no fun).

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4 thoughts on “How to Install a Purchased Theme

  1. JR Stout wrote:

    If you use WordPress.com, you cannot upload your own themes.
    Please define: “your own themes”.

    • Devin wrote:

      Hi JR. “your own themes” should be defined as “any themes”. You can only use the WordPress.com themes they provide.

  2. Hello,
    I just bought portfolio+ to upgrade my website, need to change color of text and have more article on my front page….
    but I don’t know how to activate it
    thx to help me
    best
    Fran├žois Duconseille

    • Devin wrote:

      Go to “Appearance > Themes” and find the theme you uploaded. Then click “Activate”. Feel free to e-mail me if you have additional questions: wptheming.com/contact

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