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How to Install a WordPress Template
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Complete Instructions for Installing a WordPress Template

When following the below instructions to install your WordPress Template you must already have the WordPress CMS installed on your website and you must have downloaded your ThemeStock.com template and have it readily available.

Step 1 in Installing a WordPress Template:

The file that you have downloaded from ThemeStock.com will have a file name similar to:


Locate the folder on your hard drive where that template was downloaded to, and extract the zip file with WinZip or another similar extraction program. Extracting the file is typically as simple as right-clicking the file and clicking on "extract to here" as illustrated below:

Extracting a WordPress Template
After you have successfully extracted your files you will have a folder name similar to TS-WordPress-TemplateName which will contain 3 subfolders named PSD, HTML, and WordPressTemplate as pictured below:
3 Sub Folders

Step 2 in Installing a WordPress Template:

Next you will need to load your FTP client. A FTP client is used to transfer files from your computer to your website hosting space. If you do not have a FTP client, some popular choices include:

AceFTP Freeware

After your FTP software is downloaded and installed, you will need to contact your website host for specific details on how to connect to your website space.

Once you have  connected to your website space, you will need to FTP to your website, load the directory of your website where WordPress is installed, and navigate to the "wp-content/themes
" directory in the right window pane.

In the left window pane, you will need browse to the location where the template was downloaded, which again, will have an extracted folder name similar to:


You will then enter a directory further to:


Once you have entered into the above directory, it is time to transfer your WordPress Skin files to your server. This is done by selecting the folder that is stored within the "WordpressTemplate" directory and dragging it to the right hand window pane. The folder name that you are uploading to your "themes" directory will be the same as title of the template. In the example below the template name is "TS-HeavenlyDating".

After the template has been uploaded to your "themes" directory of WordPress it will appear on both the left and right window panes of your FTP client as shown below:

WordPress FTP Upload
Note: The above screen shot is of the FileZilla FTP program. The appearance and features of your own FTP program may be different.
Step 3 in Installing a WordPressTemplate:

Now that your WordPress Theme has been uploaded to your "wp-content/themes" directory in FTP, it is time to log into your WordPress administration area and activate the template.

To do this, you first must open your Web Browser and open your WordPress website. This will be wherever WordPress has been installed, such as www.yoursite.com or www.yoursite.com/wordpress.

Once your WordPress page is loaded in your web browser, click on the "Login" link, which ls located on the right hand side of the default WordPress template, under the heading of "Meta" as illustrated with the red arrow below:
WordPress Default Template
After clicking on the "Login" link, you will be taken to the WordPress login page. The URL of the login page will be similar to either www.yoursite.com/wordpress/wp-login.php or www.yoursite.com/wp-login.php and will appear as below:
WordPress Login Page
You will need to enter your administration username and password into the login boxes. The administration username and password would have been set up when your WordPress program was first installed. If you do not know this information, you will need to contact your website host or administrator.
Step 4 in Installing a WordPress Template:

When you have completed your login, you will be taken to the main page of the WordPress administration area, also known as the Dashboard. On the top navigation of this page, click on the link named "Presentation", which is highlighed in light blue in the image below:
WordPress Dashboard

Step 5 in Installing a WordPress Template:

After clicking the "Presentation" link in the header, you will be taken to the themes management page. On this page, click the name or picture of the template that you uploaded in Step 2 of this tutorial. In this case, the template name was "Dating Heaven".

WordPress Theme Manager

Step 6 in Installing a WordPress Template:

After you have clicked on the template name or screenshot in step 5, your new theme will become your Current Theme and will appear live on your WordPress powered website.

WordPress Installed Theme
Congratulations, your WordPress theme has been installed and you are now ready to begin blogging with your new theme!

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