Using WordPress Themes
Posted by Innerplanet Management on 24 December 2012 10:00 AM
What is a Theme?
Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to "skin" your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a "skin." Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.
A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software.
Get New Themes
The WordPress Theme Directory is the official site for WordPress Themes which have been checked and inspected, and are free for downloading. The site features the ability to search by type and style, and offers a demonstration of the page view elements of the Theme.
WordPress currently comes with three themes: the default Twenty Fourteen theme and previous defaults Twenty Thirteen theme and Twenty Twelve theme. You can switch between Themes using the Appearance admin panel. Themes that you add to the theme directory will appear in the Administration Screen > Appearance > Themes as additional selections.
Adding New Themes
There are many Themes available for download that will work with your WordPress installation.
If the Theme that you are installing provides instructions, be sure to read through and follow those instructions for the successful installation of the Theme. It is recommended that Theme developers provide installation instructions for their own Themes, because Themes can provide special optional functionality that may require more steps than the basic installation steps covered here. If your Theme does not work after following any provided instructions, please contact the Theme author for help.
Probabl the easiest way to add a theme is by using the Administration Panel in WordPress
You can download Themes directly to your blog by using the Add New Themes option in the Appearance sub-menu.
Adding New Themes by using cPanel
If the Theme files are in a .zip or .gz archive follow these instructions. Note: This assumes the Theme you download is a compressed (.zip) file containing a folder under which all the Theme files reside.
Adding New Themes Manually (FTP)
To add a new Theme to your WordPress installation, follow these basic steps:
Selecting the Active Theme
To select a Theme for your site:
Your selection will immediately become active.
Note: If the Theme preview is blank, do not activate the new Theme without investigating further. Your site may not be displayed correctly, otherwise.
Looking for the awesome WordPress themes? Here's a great place to find them.
Currently over 2700 to choose from.
By using Google you will find thousands free and many great paid templates as well.