How to Manually Install a WordPress Theme using FTP

How to Manually Install a WordPress Theme using FTP

This WordPress tutorial shows you how to manually install a WordPress theme using a FTP client. This method is something I will not recommended for beginners in WordPress.

So, if you’re new to WordPress or not familiar with FTP, first read this article about how to use FTP for WordPress or you can just go for an alternate easy method for installing a theme in WordPress.

Install WordPress theme manually using FTP

Important: This method is an advanced tutorial guide on installing a theme in WordPress. If you are a beginner or installing a WordPress theme for the first, I advise you to go with caution before using this method.

To manually install WordPress theme via an FTP, you need to have an FTP software installed on your computer like FileZilla Client or you can access FTP using your hosting c-panel.

I’m assuming you have already downloaded the theme (in .zip format) which you want to install. Make sure you unzip the .zip downloaded theme file on your computer. You can use Winrar or 7zip for unzipping any zip files. So, you have unzipped the theme folder. Now you need to upload the theme to WordPress Theme directory which is [wp-content/themes]. 

Follow the step by step instruction to upload a WordPress theme:

  1. Login to your FTP account using FileZilla.
  2. Go to wp-content/themes. Upload the unzipped theme folder here and this will automatically install the theme. Note: Here you can find all your installed theme folders. You can delete any unactivated theme if you want to do so.
    Manually Install WordPress Theme using FTP

  3. Now, you have to activate the theme. To do so, login to WordPress Dashboard. Then, go to Appearance > Themes.
  4. Here you will find your manually installed theme. Hover the mouse over the theme and click on Activate button. This will activate the WordPress theme.

WordPress theme installation using FTP

That’s it for this WordPress Guide. I hope this information helped you manually install a WordPress theme using FTP.  If you need any help or guidance related to WordPress, let me know in the comment section below.

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