Like thousands of bloggers every week, do you also want to change the theme (template) of your WordPress blog without knowing how to go about it?

Or, you just bought a premium theme and you don't know how to add it to your WordPress website?

Do not worry.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to properly change WordPress themes. But before changing the latter, you need to go through all the required procedures.

But first, if you've never installed WordPress, find out How to Install a WordPress Blog in 7 Steps et How to search, install and activate a WordPress theme on your blog 

Then let's go to why we are here.

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Get ready to change the WordPress theme

Change theappearance of your blog is an important step. Therefore before starting, we strongly recommend that you create a full backup of your blog before making any changes. Once you've created this full backup of your blog, then we can begin the process of changing themes.

Install a new WordPress theme

WordPress themes are available in free and paid mode. It is therefore up to you to choose the option that suits you. But before you change the theme, you must first install the new theme on your blog.

How to install a free WordPress theme

If you have chosen a free theme that is in the theme directory of WordPress on, then you can install it directly from your WordPress admin area using the "search" feature.

You must first go to on Appearance »Themes. You will then see a list of all the themes currently installed on your blog.

Go to the themes screen

Then click on the Add button at the top of the screen, yes in the grid containing the "Plus" sign.

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This will take you to the Add New Themes page. Page where you can browse the free themes from the theme directory.

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In order to illustrate our example, let's say you want to install the WordPress JobScout theme. By typing the theme name in the search box, it will automatically appear in the results.

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Then when you hover your mouse over the screenshot of the WordPress theme, you will see an install button. Just click on the button installer to download and install the WordPress theme.

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Remember that installing a theme doesn't automatically mean " activate »This WordPress theme or apply this WordPress theme on your blog. It just downloads the WordPress theme. We'll show you how to activate an installed theme later in this tutorial.

Install a WordPress theme from a .zip file

Another method is to install a WordPress theme by downloading the .zip file of your theme. If you want to use a Premium WordPress theme, you must use this method because the search method we showed above only works for free themes that exist on the theme directory.

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Start by downloading the file .zip of the WordPress theme on your computer. Once you have the file .zip of the theme, then you have to go on Appearance »Themes. Then click on the button Add at the top of the screen.

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On the Add New Themes screen, click the Upload a theme at the top of the screen.

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This will bring up the theme download form. Then click on the button Browse, choose and then search the zip file on your computer. After selecting the zip file, you must click on the button install now.

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WordPress will now download the zip archive from your computer to your blog and install it for you.

Activate a WordPress theme

Once you've installed a WordPress theme, it's time to activate and apply that theme to your blog. Start by going to Appearance »Themes where you can see all the themes installed on your WordPress blog, including the new one you just added.

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Hover your mouse over the WordPress theme you want to activate, and you will see a button activate under this theme.

Activate the theme

Now all you need to do is click the button activate to apply this theme to your WordPress blog. You can also use the button Preview to preview the design of your WordPress website.

Discover also some premium WordPress plugins  

You can use other WordPress plugins to give a modern look and optimize the grip of your blog or website.

We offer you here some premium WordPress plugins that will help you do that.

1. Ajax Translator Revolution

Translator Revolution is a user-friendly and highly customizable WordPress translation plugin. It's simple enough to get started, yet powerful enough to create highly personalized translation setups.

Ajax Translator Revolution WordPress Plugin

This is a machine translation plugin, which means you won't have to spend countless hours manually translating your WordPress blog. It might take a minute, yes a single minute, to have your website translated into multiple languages !

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Translator Revolution supports a total of 91 languages.

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2. Calendarista

Calendarista is a premium WordPress plugin designed to provide an experience of online booking –Booking- faster and more efficient to your customers. Its objective is to make services very quick and easy to add for companies that offer the booking of sessions or appointments on the internet.


As features it offers among other things: 10 ready-to-use reservation modes, support for multiple payment gateways, WooCommerce support, the integration of a customizable form builder, Google Map support, an excellent calendar to display your appointments, and much more.

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So, if you are looking for a complete reservation system for a hotel, a car rental company, apartment rental, travel agency, beauty salon, restaurant, etc.…, this plugin will be perfect for you.

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3. Groovy Menu

The Groovy premium WordPress plugin will help you add a mega menu to the professional look and modern on your website. You will therefore have the possibility of customizing every detail and aspect of the latter, finally that it integrates perfectly with your website.

Groovy Menu WordPress Mega Menu Plugin

You can change colors, font sizes, fonts, icons, backgrounds and animations. You can also add widgets to shortcodes. It works perfectly with Visual page builders modern and popular such as WPBakery (Visual Composer), Gutenberg, Elementor and SiteOrigin.

It is also compatible with multilingual WordPress plugins which will be mentioned among others: WPML, Polylang and LocoTranslate. It is a WordPress plugin that will bring usability to your website menu. Don't hesitate to try it out to see what it is capable of.

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