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.
- Log into your WordPress site, and go to “Appearances > Themes” menu item
- Click the “Add New” button at the top of the screen
- Click the “Upload Theme” button at the top of the screen
- Now choose the .zip file that you have of the theme click “Install Now”
Overwriting a Theme
If you are uploading a newer version of an existing theme, you will likely get this message:
“Destination folder already exists. Theme install failed.”
In that case, you will need to temporarily switch themes (perhaps to the default). Find the theme you want to replace, click “Theme Details” and then click “Delete”. Now you can upload the newer version.
- 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).
I just upgraded to Portfolio+ and I can’t delete Portfolio Press. I’m trying to follow your instructions for Overwriting a Theme but I don’t see a Delete option to click.
Please advise. Should I see a download somewhere?
You can’t delete a theme if it is the active one, so try switching themes and then deleting.
I bought a theme from cloverthemes. But later got message that says.. For Self hosted WordPress.
What does Self hosted WordPress mean?
Commercial themes that you download can’t be used on WordPress.com. Self-hosted means you have your own hosting with a company like BlueHost, WP Engine, Siteground, etc.
i have a problem with my wordpress, i can’t add any theme.
When i go to my themes i don’t have a link where i can upload my theme, can you help me?
Make sure you’re using a self-hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.com does not allow you to upload themes). Then, double check you have admin rights.
I added a theme right but accidentally deleted it. I tried re-installing it but keep getting “Failed to write file to disk.” error. How can I fix this?
So the situation is this – I’m looking at starting up on WordPress.com and purchasing a theme to use with it. However, I notice at the end you’ve said “If you use WordPress.com, you cannot upload your own themes.” Is this in reference to a clever person who has designed a theme from scratch (beyond me!)? Or does it mean, if I buy this theme I’m after, I’ll have to not use WordPress.com? If so, what is the alternative to get started with this new theme?
You can not upload any theme to WordPress.com. You can only use themes they allow you to install through their themes directory.
Why does wordpress.com give you the option of “upload theme” with the business plan if supposedly its not even possible?
Well, it’s possible as of 2 days ago: https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/wordpress-com-business-now-supports-plugins-and-third-party-themes/
I have purchased a theme and also a domain name to host it on,
What process do i need to follow now to upload my theme?
Do i need to choose a wordpress plan?
Hi Steve. You need to have a webhost. Most hosts have 1-click installs of WordPress. Or you can use a managed host like wpengine.com.
I want to ask that recently, I have purchased a theme and I want to know that if I upload this new theme it can effect on my publish posts or not ??
Installing a theme won’t change any post data in your database, but it will change how it displays on your website.
Hi Devin , I understand how to install a theme now and I am using pressable to do this but do I also need to upgrade my wordpress site account to business from free as I cannot see add new under theme? I have purchased my theme from themeforest thanks
If I want to convert my wordpress.com site to wordpress.org and I purchased a theme from wordpress.com, can I use this on wordpress.org?
Many of the providers on WordPress.com also sell a version for WordPress.org, you should check with the company that made your theme. But otherwise no, you can’t download the theme code if it was purchased on WordPress.com.
I bought a new theme and I can’t upload it to the new themes section! because it just downloads me the whole folder not a single file, what now
Generally that’s because your browser is unzipping it for you upon download. Just right click on the download folder and rezip it, or update your browser preferences.
Hello, ive built a website using a pirated theme. If i buy the theme, do i have to rebuilt the site from scratch or is there any other quicker way?
Pirated themes can be bad news, often there is malware included in them which now has complete access to your server.
I’d recommend deleting the pirated theme, running a complete security scan, and then making changes again to the purchased version. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is an easier way around it.
Hi! I’m trying to upload my purchased theme and I’m getting the following error. Help!
Safari can’t open the page. The error is “The operation couldn’t be completed. Is a directory.”
Not sure. Are you sure the theme you’re uploading is a .zip file? If it’s a folder, you can usually just re-zip it for upload by right clicking and selecting “compress”.
I have purchased a theme, while I had reviewed the demo version it was look good. but when I uploaded into my server its not look same.
Please help how and what need to do for the same.
The theme you upload won’t have all the content that the demo has. Sometimes theme companies offer an export file though that will allow you to quickly set up your site to look the same. You can ask if they have that!
Hello, what I need to do if I don’t have the option of Add new?
If you use WordPress.com, you cannot upload your own themes.
I have a current site with a WordPress theme. I am wanting to update the theme with a purchased template that says it is WordPress friendly. When I upload it, will I lose all of the current content on the original theme? If so, how to I avoid that?
You won’t lose any content. But any design settings that were managed by the theme may disappear. You’ll also potentially have to set menus and widgets again.