How to Properly Switch WordPress Themes on Your Site

How to Properly Switch WordPress Themes on Your Site


Hey there and thanks for watching WPBeginner.
Today I’ll show you how to properly switch WordPress themes on your site. Before you make any changes to your site,
it’s highly recommended that you back it up first. We recommend Backup buddy for this. Next, you can either install a new theme from
the theme directory in WordPress or you can upload the zipped file. You want to go to Appearance–>Themes to see
which themes you have. All these you see here are themes that come with WordPress. If I want to use one of these, I can just
hover over it and click activate or I can search the themes to find a new one. I can click add new and then look at the featured
ones, popular ones, or see the latest themes added. If there is a particular feature I want, I
can click on feature filter to specify a certain type of theme. I’ll search for slipstream theme from ThemeLab.
when it comes up I can click preview or install. The next way to switch themes is by
uploading the zipped file. Usually you do this if you’ve purchased a commercial theme and you need to upload it from a computer. Here I have the slipstream theme as a zipped
file. I’ll Just go back to appearance–>themes and
click add new–>upload theme. Then click choose file and find the theme on my computer to upload. Once it does upload, we can click install now. From here you can live preview the theme to
see how it will look on your site or just click activate and start using it immediately. Then I can go to the front of the site and we’ll see what it looks like live. I hope you liked this video and found it helpful. If you did, click on the like button below and leave us a comment. And if you want to receive more helpful videos don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and check out WPBeginner for more useful information on WordPress.

4 thoughts on “How to Properly Switch WordPress Themes on Your Site

  1. Can you tell me how to undo / delete a background border on WP 2016? Being a newby at this, I put on an image this morning, not knowing what I was doing, and it messed up the solid pixel border that I should have around my website. As of right now, it looks like a 2015 version with it just being clear…but it would look much better with a solid pixel border like it should have.

  2. Thank you, that was helpful. However, I think you should be more specific that not EVERYBODY has to upload the theme from their own computer (although correct me if I am wrong there) because I was able to do it without downloading or uploading anything myself and I think for many people that is the case if they were just thinking of using a theme that they are not buying outside of WordPresss (I would recommend taking 5 seconds more to explain that — make it a very "for Dummies" guide)

  3. Can I change my WordPress theme even though I've already created content. I have about 10 blog posts already …..will the blog posts be deleted if i change my WP theme?

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