How to install and customize your Theme

  • Before you can install and customize a new theme, you first need to deactivate K-Elements plugin.
  • There are tens of thousands themes to choose from.
  • Once you’ve selected a theme, go to the Appearance > Themes menu.
  • By default, WordPress will have auto-installed its own themes on your system. To install a different theme, you need to install it first.

Install a Free Theme

  • If you have a free theme from the WordPress repository like Startup Blog, click the “Add New Theme” button and look for your theme’s name on search themes… text field:
  • Hover over the theme card and click “Install”. The blue “Install” button will change to a blue “Activate” button. Click this when you see it.
  • This will replace the default WordPress theme with your own.

Install a Premium Theme

  • If you have a premium theme, you’ll first need to download the theme’s files. If you’ve gotten them from a third-party provider or a theme marketplace like ThemeForest, you’ll find them in your account:
  • Download the files and then return to WordPress.
  • Click “Add New Theme” to add your theme. Then click the “Upload Theme” at the top of the screen:
  • A file uploader will appear and you can drop your Theme files into it or click on Choose File to select your Theme files and upload:
  • The uploader will automatically install and then activate the theme.

Customize Your Theme

  • With your theme now installed, it’s time to customize it. Under the Appearance menu, click Customize. This will initiate the WordPress Customizer:
  • While this tool will look different from theme to theme, the layout will always be the same. Your WordPress customization options will be on the left and the preview on the right.
  • Let’s walk through the basic customization modules you’ll be able to use here:

Site Identity

  • If you already updated your Site Title (or Tagline) under General Settings, there’s no need to do so again. Remember: these will only appear on the website if you don’t add a logo.
  • Now, the Site Icon isn’t your logo. It’s the recognizable symbol known as favicon — usually a smaller piece of a logo — that appears in the browser tab.
  • For example, you can see here the site icons for,, and Google:
  • Always click on Publish blue button to save your changes.

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