NOTICE! PrestaShop 1.6 has been released! Here is our guide on installing themes in PrestaShop 1.6.

Prestashop 1.5 has a great default theme. It is very clean and well laid out. However, you may want to make your PrestaShop 1.5 store look different than the others out there. A new theme can give your store its own personality. Adding a new theme to your PrestaShop 1.5 store is a two part process. The first part will be getting the files up to your hosting account and is done outside of the PrestaShop application. Once that is done, the configuration will be done within PrestaShop itself.

The instructions below will take you through the process assuming you are using the cPanel application on your hosting account. You must have already downloaded either a free or premium Prestashop 1.5 theme onto your local computer. These can be found elsewhere on the web or from the Prestashop website.

Uploading the theme files to your hosting account (cPanel)

  1. Log into your cPanel account
  2. cPanel File ManagerFrom the cPanel main page, locate the "Files" category on the right hand panel and click on the File Manager icon.
  3. directory choice cPanel File ManagerYou will be greeted with a pop-up. Use the drop-down to select the appropriate domain or subdomain for your Prestashop store and select the radio button labeled Document Root For. If you are using it as your primary domain, select the Web Root radio button. Once selected, click on the Go button at the bottom to move on to the File Manager.
  4. File llisting cPanel File ManagerYou are now in the File Manager. Scroll down the right hand panel and locate the themes folder. From there, double click it to enter.
  5. Upload theme cPanel File ManagerYou are now inside the themes folder. Now we want to upload the theme zip file you have on your local computer. Click on the Upload icon from the top menu bar.
  6. tTheme files cPanel File ManagerThis takes you to the screen to select your file from your local computer. To select it, hit the Browse button and find it from your local files. The upload will begin automatically once selected.
  7. Extract the files cPanel File ManagerGo back to your themes folder in the File Manager and you should see the zip file for your new theme. From here, right click on it and click on the Extract option from the pop-up menu.
  8. Extract Pop Up cPanel File ManagerYou will be greeted with another pop-up menu. The settings are correct, so simply click on the Extract File(s) button. After the extraction, you will see another pop-up. click on the Close button to continue.
  9. Completed upload cPanel File ManagerYou will now see a new folder with the name of the new theme within your themes folder. This means the new theme is installed within the files of your hosting account.

    Be sure to remember or write down the name of the folder as you will need it in the next part.

    Now, we must enter PrestaShop and configure it so you can use it.

Activating a new theme in PrestaShop 1.5

  1. Log into your PrestaShop 1.5 dashboard.
  2. Themes Menu PrestashopUsing the top menu bar, hover over the Preferences tab and click on the Themes option from the menu.
  3. Add New Theme PrestashopAt the top of the next page, locate and click the green Add New button.
  4. Configure New Theme PrestashopYou are now on the configuration for the new theme. The name in the Name Of The Theme field can be anything meaningful to you. The second field, Name Of The Theme's Directory must be the name of the folder that was installed previously. Click the green Save button once you have entered your information.

    Final view of new theme PrestashopYour new theme should now appear in the themes list.


That is how you install a new theme into PrestaShop 1.5. You may want to move on to our article on how to set a theme for your store in PrestaShop 1.5.

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