How to Install a WordPress Theme

In this tutorial, we will show you how to find and install a WordPress Theme

from within the Admin Dashboard. There are thousands of Themes available there to customize the look and feel of your WordPress site.

Installing a WordPress Theme

  1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Appearance, then click Themes.
    Changing Theme in WordPress

  3. Click the Add New Theme button.
    Clicking the Add New Theme button

  4. You will then see the “Featured” Themes displayed. Roll your mouse over the Theme and click Preview to test it out:
    Testing a new Theme

    You can search for additional Themes in the available box:
    Finding Themes in the WordPress Dashboard

    Click the links on top to view “Popular,” “Latest,” or “Favorite” Themes:
    How to View Popular WordPress Themes

    Also, clicking the Feature Filter allows you to view Themes by Colors, Layout, Features, or Subject:
    Searching for WordPress Themes

  5. When you find the Theme you want to use; roll your mouse over it, and click the Install button.
    Installing a Theme from the WordPress Dashboard

  6. Once you see the “Successfully installed” message, click the Activate button to use the Theme.
    Activating a new Theme

Congratulations, now you know how to install a WordPress Theme from the Admin Dashboard! In the next tutorial, we will show you how to install a WordPress Theme from the Internet.

Learn more about the power of WordPress Themes and how they can simplify your website building and maintenance.

John-Paul Briones

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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Thoughts on “How to Install a WordPress Theme

  • I want to design my own theme with and I use I have watched tutorials and the process of installing the themes is the same as in this article but I’m wondering if there is any difference between using inmotion hosting or other?

  • Hi- I’m a first timer!


    checking into wp themes.  Question: Can you change a theme as many times as you want?


    Thanks, S

  • Hi,

    Thanks for that vid!

    I’m a complete Noob! And, I’m signing on with a Pro-Pack. I got the Premium Package from and was wondering. 

    Instructions to install one of their multi-sites within a site theme could be found here:

    But at the bottom of the instruction it says “Our themes work only for self-hosted users since the doesn’t work with premium themes.”

    Will that make a difference in how I install on your hosting? Is there any heads up that I should know before I go ahead and attempt anything.

    This is literally my first time! Kind a fun though. Any advice or directions would be greatly appreciated!

    Warm regards,


    • only works with hosting such as ours. users host with so you should be fine to follow the instructions. Let us know if you run into any issues and we’ll gladly help you out.

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