Managing WordPress Themes

One of the first actions you will take after you have added a WordPress instance to your account is selecting a Theme. Themes create the look, feel, and much of the basic functionality of your WordPress site. WordPress comes with the several default Themes, but you are not limited to their use. Countless Themes are available for your use. Once you have found one that is to your liking, it's just a matter of installing and activating it.

 


Two notes of caution - 

 
1) Be careful where you get your Themes. We strong recommend that you only utilize Themes officially supported by WordPress.org - http://wordpress.org/themes/IMPORTANT - Themes from unknown, untrusted sources may contain malicious files or security risks.


2) It's vital that you make sure your selected Theme is up to date at all times. Remove old Themes that are no longer in use. 

 

To get the more detail before beginning, consider checking out the official WordPress page on managing Themes - http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes

 

 

Ok! Lets get started with WordPress Themes!

 

 

Using a default WordPress Theme

 

Installing a new Theme

 

Updating a Theme

 

Removing Themes



 

To use a preinstalled WordPress Theme -

1) Log into your WordPress DashBoard.


2) In the Dashboard's right hand menu select Appearance and then Themes -

 

wp themes menu

 

 

3) On this new screen, you have the option of selecting and activating one of the default WordPress Themes. To active a different preinstalled Theme, simply place your mouse over the Theme you'd like to active and click the blue Activate button to do so - 

 

default theme

 

 

Once your new Theme is activated, you can see it by visiting your WordPress site. You can move directly from your DashBoard to your active site, but clicking the View Site link in the upper left hand corner -

 

Vite site

 

To return to your Dashboard from this point, use the Dashboard link from the same menu -

 

dashboard

 

 

 

To install a new WordPress Theme -


1) Log into your WordPress DashBoard.


2) In the Dashboard's right hand menu select Appearance and then Themes -

 

Themes menu


3) On this new page, you will see the option to Add New Theme


new theme

Click this.

 

4) On this next page, you have the option of browsing the provided categories (Featured, Newest, etc), searching for Key Words, or finding Themes that have a specific features you are looking for. 

 

 

5) Once you have found a new Theme you are interested in installing, simply click the Install now link provided below the sample image of the Theme. Wordpress will take a little time to grab and install the Themes files you have requested. When it's completed, you will see the option to Activate. Click to do so.

 

Once your new Theme is activated, you can see by visiting your WordPress site. You can move directly from your DashBoard to your active site, but clicking the View Site link in the upper left hand corner -

 

vite site

 


To return to your Dashboard from this point, you the Dashboard link from the same menu -


dashboard

 

 

How to update your installed Themes -

 


1) Log into your WordPress DashBoard.


2) In the Dashboard's right hand menu select Updates - 


updates

 

 

The above images shows that this user has 4 updates to complete. The number of updates you need to perform with vary at any given time.

 

3) Take a look at the resulting page. You may have both Themes and Plugins to update.

 


4) If you have Themes that need to be updated, select the specific theme or Select All and click to update -


select all

 

 

IMPORTANT - If you have older Themes that you are no longer using, it is still vital to keep these updated. Even when inactive, the older Themes data remains in your account and can be a security risk. If you are certain you no longer need a specific Theme, it's best to remove it entirely. See below for more detail.

 

 

 

How to remove an installed Theme - 

 
1) Log into your WordPress DashBoard.


2) In the Dashboard's right hand menu select Appearance and then Themes -


themes menu

 

3) On the resulting page you will see all of the Themes you currently have installed. You may select the Theme you wish to remove. On the specific Theme page, you will have the following options - "Activate", "Live Preview" and finally, in RED, "Delete". Click to delete. You will asked to confirm your choice. Do so and the Theme in question will be removed from your WordPress installation.

 

 


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