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Going through our Start A Blog guide step by step, here i will guide you through the proper installation of a WordPress theme IE how to install WordPress theme in a proper way. As you might already come to know that, you can choose your favorite theme from thousands of theme available for WordPress.

But here we will discuss the accurate methods of installing as well as deleting the WordPress themes.

Okay ! So here are the most common methods :

1 Browse > Download and Install WordPress Theme. (Themes available at WordPress repository)

2 Upload and Install WordPress Theme. (Themes from third-party sources)

3 FTP (Using software like FileZilla)

Lets walk through all the methods one by one.

Different methods of installing a WordPress theme [Step By Step].

Search and Install Themes From Dashboard :

This is the easiest method to install a free WordPress theme. However, you can only browse the themes available at the Official WordPress Theme repo.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Dashboard.
  • Go to appearance > Themes.
  • On the top left side, click on > Add New

Now browse through the themes and find the theme that suits your needs. After you find the one for you,

  • click > Install.

After the installation is completed,

  • click > Activate.

Now give yourself a high5. You did it.

You can also preview your theme before activating it but sometimes it does does not not work properly. You can use plugins like Theme Test Drive Plugin to test your theme before going live.

(Themes downloaded From Third-Party Environment)

Upload and Install :

There are plenty of free themes available at the Official WordPress Theme Repo but what to do when you didn’t find your perfect theme there. Don’t worry you are not alone. Most of the bloggers opt to premium WordPress themes from third party sites.

You can also find free themes on other sites but is always recommended to use the themes from Official WordPress Theme Repo when it comes to free themes. Coming to the point, let me tell you the process of installing a WordPress theme downloaded from a third-party site.

  • Download the theme in zip format from the site.
  • Login to your Admin Area
  • Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New
  • Click on Upload Theme
  • Locate the zip file on your computer and click upload.
  • Click on Preview if you want to preview your site otherwise click on Activate.

Install WordPress Theme Using FTP :

Their are certain situations when you are not able to install your theme through WordPress dashboard due to some server-security reasons. Maybe uploading your theme from the dashboard showing some error. In that case FTP method comes into play. You need a FTP software like FileZilla to access your site through FTP. Here is the procedure :

  • Unzip the downloaded theme zip file using software like WinRAR.
  • Login to your FTP manager
  • Locate to wp-content/Themes and upload the unzipped file.

All done ! Now you can preview your theme or activate it from your WordPress dashboard.

  • Dashboard > Appearance > Themes

This time you will see the theme you have installed through FTP . Simply, activate the theme and enjoy !

Lost Access To Your Dashboard Due To Faulty Theme ?

Sometimes, you  accidently install a theme with broken-codes, and you are not even able to access your dashboard. Yup..it happens. In that case you have to access your site through FTP  to delete the culprit theme and install a new theme.

Uninstall or Permanently Delete the WordPress Themes :

So here you are, a full graduate about installing the WordPress themes. Now I will tell you how to uninstall or permanently delete the themes which are not of your use. This involves some simple steps below :

  • Dashboard > Appearance > Themes
  • Click > Delete to delete any theme.

You can also do this by FTP method :

  • Login to your FTP Manager > Locate to wp-content/Themes
  • Delete the theme.

Never delete your current theme in use as your site may go down. Off course, you can settle it later but it is better to avoid the unnecessary hassle.

If you have still question about installing or deleting themes by any of the methods describe above you can comment in the comment section below.

WordPress is known for its flexibility and functionality. You can further increase its functionality by using various plugins. Well that’s the beauty of WordPress.

You can find plugin for everything you imagine. You can enhance your SEO by using plugins. Moreover you can add security, add custom pages, add contact forms and everything you want – with the help of plugins.

There are mainly three methods of installing WordPress plugins.

Here I will tell you the proper ways of installing or permanently deleting  a plugin. There are many methods out there and we will go through them one by one.

Different Ways Of Installing WordPress Plugins : A step by step guide for WordPress beginners.

Method 1 : Search And Install From Dashboard

This is the most common and easy method of installing plugins. You can find more than 3000+ plugins available on the Official WordPress directory. So here is the procedure, step by step :

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Area (Dashboard)
  • Go to Plugins > Add New
  • Search for your plugin
  • When you find the desired plugin, Click Install
  • After the installation is complete click > Activate.
  • Now head over to the plugin setting page and do the necessary settings.

NOTE : Most of the newbie bloggers activate the plugins but don’t do the necessary configuration. To take the full advantage of the plugin features one should do proper configuration according to the site.

Method 2 : Upload and Install From Third-Party Sites

There are some plugins which are not available at WordPress.org but can be downloaded from third-party sites. These are mostly premium plugins and comes in a zip format. In that case follow the procedure given below :

  • Dashboard > Plugins > Add New
  • Click on  Upload Plugin
  • Now locate the downloaded zip file on your computer and upload the plugin folder.
  • After successful installation of plugin click Activate
  • Now go to the setting page for settings.

Note : WordPress only accepts Zip format of WordPress Plugins & Themes.

Method 3 : Install Through FTP Method

There are certain moments when you are not able to install a plugin through your WordPress dashboard. In that case FTP method is very useful. You must have a FTP software like FileZilla to access you site through FTP. Here is the whole procedure step by step :

  • Unzip the downloaded plugin zip file using software like WinRAR.
  • Login to your FTP Manager.
  • Locate to wp-content/Plugins and upload the unzipped file there directly.
  • Now go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins
  • You will see the plugin uploaded by FTP method.
  • Click Activate.

Deactivating and Deleting A WordPress Plugin :

There are thousands of free and paid plugins available out there. Anyone can get crazy and end-up in installing loads of unnecessary plugins. So its very important that you should know how to uninstall and permanently delete plugins you don’t need anymore.

Some newbie bloggers simply deactivate the plugins and move on. This is not a smart step. If you find a plugin worthless and unnecessary to you, its always better to delete it permanently.

The main reason behind this is – some plugins can still interfere in your site functioning even if it is deactivated. So its better to get rid from them .

Go through the following steps :

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins
  • Click Deactivate > Delete

You can also delete WordPress plugins by FTP method.

  • Login to your FTP Manager
  • Locate wp-content/Plugins and delete the plugin directly.

You may also like to read : 3 Different ways of installing a theme in WordPress.

If you still faces any problem in installing wordpress plugins or deleting them, we would love to help you out !

Do let us know in the comment section below.

The best part about WordPress is that it is the most flexible and customizable CMS (Control Management System) around the web which empowers more than 60 million+ websites.There are tons of plugins and themes for optimizing and decorating your blog. Well, this can be the worst part (in other way) for some novice/beginner bloggers as they can get seriously confuse over the various premium and free options out there for plugins as well as themes.

Whether, one should go with premium themes or stick with the free ones ?

This question hold its place place in every WordPress animal’s mind when he step-in to the WordPress forest. Which one between the premium and free WordPress themes, is best for me ? And the answer to this question knows only the person asking it. Yeah, you read it right. Only you can tell which theme is perfect for you.

Premium Vs Free WordPress Themes [Comparison,pros & cons]

Premium Themes

Very fair, the themes which comes along with a price tags are the premium ones.

Pros

1. Ultimate Back-up (support):

This is the most important feature of any theme and off course, premium themes comes with support whether its –  forums, email, phone and in many other ways.

Okay  so you can spend 50+ hours to customize your theme according to your needs, or you can just pay a few bucks and utilize those 50 hours in writing and blogging (choice is yours).

2. Advance Functionality :

Premium themes are fully customizable. They are less with all the advance features which can be used without digging into complex coding. Many of them have drag and drop user interface. You can simply drag and drop the layout elements without touching the coding.

3.Frequent Update Cycle :

WordPress is frequently  updating CMS and very often we come to see some major updates. So its very important for a website owner to survive those updates and remain up-to-date with the WordPress environment. Premium WordPress themes are more sensitive to WordPress core changes and updates and thus more secure and reliable option.

4. Out-of-the-Box Appearance :

They said

Don’t fit yourself in the crowd if you are born to be stand-out.

And if you are willing to stand out from the rest of the crowd and create a unique website go with the premium themes, as they are not very common among bloggers and  have unique layouts.

5. Inbuilt SEO :

If appropriate theme used, WordPress theme can enhance the overall SEO and performance of your site. Premium themes tend to have bug-free and neat & clean coding which ultimately contribute to faster loading. Also you can ditch your whole gang of SEO plugins as the premium themes have inbuilt SEO options.

Cons

1.Expensive :

The biggest factor which comes between a blogger and a premium theme is – cost. Off course, cost matter.  Price for good Premium themes usually starts from 30$ and can be as high as more than 700$. Whoa ! Well that’s true.

NOTE : You may still have to pay for the license/year for further up-coming years even if you have purchased the basic package.

2. Overloaded Features :

You may be wondering, how features can be a disadvantage of any theme. Well, read it again, I said overload of features. Usually what happens, in order to sustain the competition in the market, most of the developers (not all of them) jam-packed their themes with several features, which maybe you don’t need.

This can be considered as cons by two means :

(1.) Your theme may have higher potential for “theme bloat”.

(2.) And if the above is not the case with your theme, you are still paying for the functions and features you are never going to use.

Free WordPress Themes

The most amazing thing about free WordPress themes is ……..think-think… they are FREE. And we just love that word, don’t we ?

Pros

1. Free Of Cost :

They are free and hence everyone can use them. Okay so here is the procedure –

Download
Use
Don’t like it ?
Download another.
Use.
And the process goes on and on.

2. Right Within Your Dashboard :

Go to your dashboard > Appearance > Themes > explore the world of free WordPress themes.

3. Compatible With Most Plugins :

Ironically, free WordPress themes are highly compatible when it comes to plugins. That is why because all the themes available in the WordPress repo are certainly gone through a review process and are made to meet certain standards.

Premium themes have their own inbuilt functionality and thus the developers don’t really care about the plugin’s compatibility from outside environment.

Cons

1. Lack Top-Notch Support :

Free WordPress themes lack the top-notch support provided by the premium ones. If you have any query regarding the free theme, you are only dependable on the WP codex and and some other forums for help. Its pretty obvious that you have to wait for several days to knock-out a simple bug. I mean come-on, who will as a theme designer spend hours in playing question-answer  on support forums that don’t earn them a single penny.

2. Slow Update Cycle :

Free WordPress themes are not updated very often. As a WordPress user you should know that WordPress is all about updates. Updates are very important in order to make improvements, fix various bugs and boost security. But most of the free themes designer fails in this department.

3. Security Vulnerabilities :

Most of the premium themes are rarely up-to-date and hence more suspicious to security risk. The free themes available at WordPress them repo are maintain up to certain standard but if you download a free theme from any other source, there is fair chance that  it contain malware along with other phishing codes.

 4. Nothing Is Free :

Nothing is free . At least, not on this planet. But not everything going to cost you in dollar and bucks. And if you are using a free WordPress theme, you are already paying the price in terms of SEO, security and many other ways.

Still getting confused. Lets make it more simple for you. Ask some simple question from yourself .

  1. Are you a going to blog just for fun ?
  2. Is blogging just a hobby to you ?

If your answer to the above questions is YES, you should stick to the free WordPress themes Lets play it one more time.

Answer the questions again.

  1. Are you a serious blogger ?
  2. Do you want to expand your business on the web ?
  3. Are you going to use blogging for fame and branding ?
  4. Do you want to make money from blogging ?

If your answer for any of the above questions is YES, you should ditch your free theme and go for a premium one.