Install WordPress theme – easy!

you want one Install WordPress theme and need support? Then you are right here! In my guide, I will show you 3 easy ways to install the theme.

One of the biggest advantages of WordPress is the ease of customizing the theme. Because that is determined by WordPress themes. And there are now endless numbers of these design templates!

Install free WordPress theme

Under > Theme > Themes you will find an overview of the themes already installed.
Would you rather install a new WordPress theme? Then you just click Add new theme.

You will then be presented with a selection of templates from the official theme directory.

Theme selection

Have you already found a suitable theme?

As soon as you move the mouse over it, you will see the Install button. With just one click you can now install the theme directly. Activate it with a second click. Or you use the preview first.

Browse directory

On the theme home page, you will first see the highlighted themes. If you want, you can browse the directory in the top bar. You can also narrow your search:

  • Presented
  • Popular
  • Latest
  • favourites
  • filter by function

If you have already decided on a specific theme, simply search for the name in the top right-hand corner.

Install premium WordPress theme

if you a Buy WordPress Theme, you will receive a zip file from the provider. You can then install these via the WordPress backend.

To do this, go back to the Themes menu item.

Install WordPress theme zip uploadUpload theme as a zip file in the backend

Now click on the button at the top Upload theme.

Then you follow the instructions:

theme upload

  1. Select the saved zip file on your computer.
  2. Once the file has been uploaded, click Install now.
  3. After the theme installation you can activate the theme.


Most premium themes usually have to be activated with a license key. Otherwise certain features may not be available. And you cannot update the theme automatically.

Some Themeforest templates now require a token. Eg with Avada or Enfold. I explained how to create this key in my instructions for creating an Envato token.

Install WordPress theme via FTP

Prefer to install your WordPress template manually? Or is there an error message during the upload?

Then you can also install a WP theme via FTP. This works with both free and premium themes. However, you need the access data for your FTP server. You can find this in the customer menu of your hoster. You can find out how to set up and use FTP access in my WordPress FTP access guide.

Once you have connected to your web server via FTP, select the folder /wp-content/themes out of.
Then you drag and drop the theme folder into the directory.

Warning: Before uploading, you must unpack the zip archive.

WordPress Theme FTP Upload

As soon as the upload is finished, you will see the theme in the backend. Now all you have to do is activate it.

Activate WordPress theme

Where can you find WordPress themes?

Are you still looking for a suitable WordPress theme? There are many offers for this.

There are over 7,000 free WordPress themes in the official theme directory. You can easily search these themes directly in the dashboard. And of course install it right away.

WordPress theme directoryPopular WP themes on

If the offer overwhelms you, you will find a few theme recommendations in my post free WordPress themes.

Are you a blogger? Then you might find what you are looking for in my list of WordPress themes for bloggers.

Commercial theme providers

In addition to free WP themes, there are also premium WordPress themes. These are paid themes that offer a lot more features. And also support in case of problems.

theme forest

Themeforest is one of the largest providers of commercial WordPress themes. And the offer is huge!
Here you will now find over 12,000 premium themes. Such as the top sellers BeTheme, Jupiter, Enfold Theme or other multi-purpose themes.

Template selection Themeforest.netHuge selection at Themeforest

Similar to, you can also search specifically for templates here. For example, you can filter by the following criteria:

  • blog
  • Magazines
  • Business
  • portfolio
  • WooCommerce
  • Page builder

Template Monster

Template Monster Themes

TemplateMonster also offers a large selection of WordPress themes. For easier searching, the themes are divided into categories and subcategories:

  • Business & Service
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Sports
  • photography
  • automobile
  • medicine
  • restaurant

In addition to these large marketplaces, there are of course many other theme providers.