Guide to Activating WordPress Themes

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After you upload a new WordPress theme, it won’t change the appearance of your website or blog until you activate it.  Activating a new WordPress theme is really simple, and I’ve provided screenshots and instructions for every step of the process.  Just follow along, and your new WordPress theme will be activated in a matter of minutes!

Enter your username and password and click “Log In”

login to wordpress

Click on “Appearance”

wordpress appearance

You will see the themes available to you.  If you haven’t downloaded additional themes, then you will just have your choice of the 2 themes that come with WordPress, Classic and Default.  Your blog will automatically use the WordPress Default theme, but you can preview how your blog would look with the WordPress Classic theme (or any additional themes you download) simply by clicking either the image or name of the theme.

preview wordpress theme

If you don’t like the way the new theme looks, just click the X to close the preview.  If you like the new theme, then just click “Activate WordPress Classic” (or whatever the name of your chosen theme) to use it for your blog.

activate wordpress theme

Once you activate the new theme, you will see that it is now listed under Current Theme.  If you would like to see how your blog appears to visitors, just click “Visit site”.

visit wordpress site

And that’s it–you now know how to activate a WordPress theme!

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  1. On January 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

    filip said:

    Very helpful article.Thanks guys.

  2. On June 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    marie bello said:

    I just signed up to wordpress to create my own blog site and your post is very helpful. Hope I can see more posts related to wordpress.

  3. On April 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Businesking said:

    I’m newbie and now when developed my new site in WordPress and this article very useful for me, thanks for share I like you article.

  4. On April 8, 2010 at 5:37 am

    zein said:

    I am opening my new word-press blog in a couple of days – good things to know here!
    thanks for your information,gimme more…i love it

  5. On March 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Tech said:

    This tips is useful for beginners like me, thanks for sharing 😀

  6. On January 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    sandy said:

    I’m installing a wordpress blog for afriend
    installed OK and uploaded desired theme…now I need to activate but where do I find the admin panel to enter username and password

    • On January 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      Cat M. said:

      Hi Sandy!

      Sorry I didn’t see your question sooner! Please open a ticket, and a member of staff will be able to walk you through this.

      All the best,

  7. On December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Benjamin Billige Solbriller said:

    I am opening my new word-press blog in a couple of days – good things to know here!

  8. On November 21, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Poem said:

    good guide for Active theme in wordpress thanks for sharing.!