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How to Add a Theme in WordPress

This document will cover how to add a theme from WordPress.

When you install WordPress onto your domain, it will automatically come pre-installed with a few themes. These are pretty good themes, and are really well documented, so if you encounter an issue it'll be easier to find answers to questions--however, if they're not meeting your needs make sure to take a look in the Themes area to add a new one.

Start out on the Dashboard, and Navigate to the Appearance >> Themes tab.
themes menu

If you don't want to use one of the themes from the pre-installed ones, click "Add New" to view the themes. 

add new theme

It's usually a good idea to use the Popular tab, because it'll ensure you will be able to find answers to questions about your new theme.

* Remember: If you choose a theme that has a lot of images, you'll also have to find images to fill those sliders/widgets/containers. This is especially true for "Pin-board" themes that look like Pinterest.
Popular tab

When you find one you like, Click the Install button (once you hover over it, the "Install" button will become visible), it'll progress from Install >> Installing >> Activate (which you will want to do to make the theme apply.


*Remember that once you change your theme, any changes you made to the old one one will not apply to the newly-activated theme. Menus might not be visible, and widgets might need to be re-added to footers, side panels, or homepages.

Keywords:theme, wordpress, add, portfolio, eportfolio, port, eport, website, site, change, help, capstone, create, domain, dooo, domains   Doc ID:78346
Owner:Kate F.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2017-11-21 09:55 CDTUpdated:2020-04-02 10:55 CDT
Sites:UW Green Bay
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