How to add a NEW THEME to your site

One of the most amazing things about WordPress is that you can select a completely new layout for your site at the touch of a button. It’s just as easy to upload a new theme to your library – try it out for yourself.

Here’s what you do:

  • download and un-zip your theme, so you end up with (usually) a folder of the theme’s name
  • use an FTP client (like Filezilla) to access your webspace
  • find a directory called wp-content/themes
  • upload your entire un-zipped folder into this folder
  • log into your WordPress Site (usually at http://www.example.com/wp-admin)
  • navigate to APPEARANCE – THEMES
  • find your theme and activate it
  • sit back and enjoy your site in a new layout

You can find plenty of free and commercial themes around the net if you google WordPress Themes.

I’ve put together a list of good sites here.





Jay is the CEO and founder of WP Hosting, a boutique style managed WordPress hosting and support service. He has been working with Plesk since version 9 and is a qualified Parallels Automation Professional. In his spare time he likes to develop iOS apps and WordPress plugins, or draw on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at http://wpguru.co.uk and http://pinkstone.co.uk.