In this post I will be talking about :
How to Install Free Themes in WordPress
Before we get started though, I said in my last post on How to Install WordPress that we were going to do a bit of housekeeping, but I am going to save that until we have finished installing our theme.
The first thing you need to do is access your dashboard, aka your back end, so enter your domain name followed by , /wp-admin, example : www.yourspringwedding.com/wp-admin.
That will bring you to your login page, enter user and password, and you will be in the back end of your website.
If this is the first time you have seen your dashboard, don’t worry it just looks a bit overwhelming, but once you start to play around it will get less intimidating.
***I added this comment when I was about half way through this tutorial. If you see on top of the screens below it says update to WordPress 3.0, well I didn’t, I thought I would do it later, well when I tried to install the theme that I chose, I got this message and couldn’t get back into my dashboard. ***
Fatal error: Call to undefined function register_nav_menu() in /home2 wp-content/themes/wedding-bells/functions.php on line 16
Luckily, when I searched the code in Google, some other people had the same problem, see WordPress Forum anyway I had to go through FTP (File Transfer Protocol), delete the theme manually, and then update WordPress.
Not recomended, so update your theme first. LOL
How to Install a Free Theme in WordPress
Click on Appearance, as shown below.
You may get a page that says Install Themes at the top.
or you may get this one, click Add New Themes.
The smaller arrows show the currently installed theme at the top. The one at the bottom is a WordPress Original Theme. Any Themes that you download will be here if not activated.
There are three ways to choose a theme here.
Starting at the top,
Click anyone of those to get a selection.
The next arrow down is a search box, so type in a topic and there might be a theme especially for it. Like weddings for instance.
The option in the red box allows you to pick certain features, ie: three side bars, color, etc. If there is a theme that has all your requirements, this option will find it when you have selected your preferences, and hit Find Themes.
For this demonstration I am going to pick the first option, but am going to go back later, and change it, because I know there’s a wedding theme I want to use.
So, I’m going to select recently updated. You should play around with the options, and get used to the dashboard.
You can preview any theme, or click install when you have found one that you like.
and Install Now
You can now see that your new theme is now at the top of the page as Current Theme.
Click on your site name to see your new theme.
There it is. You have now successfully installed your new Theme.
I do like this theme, but it’s not exactly a Wedding feeling…. unless your Marylin Manson… be right back.
Well that’s better.
In my next post I will be covering.
Various Premium Themes
The Theme I use for Newbie2Newbie… if you thought this was cool, buckle up , cause this theme is amazing !!!
and, a little tidying up of our theme.
I hope you found this post in my series on How to Build a Website useful.
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