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Upload a Theme

This feature is available on sites with the Business or Commerce plan. If your site has one of our legacy plans, it is available on the Pro plan.

In addition to our collection of themes, you can upload third-party themes to your site, including themes from, popular marketplaces like Themeforest, and even themes you have custom-made for your website.

This guide will show you how to upload any theme to your site.

Install a Theme

To install a theme from, follow these steps:

  1. Visit your site’s dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance → Themes.
  3. Click the Install new theme button in the top right corner to view themes.
  4. Locate your chosen theme in the list or use the search function to find themes by name.
  5. Hover your mouse over your chosen theme and click Install.
  6. Click Activate to apply the theme to your live site.
  7. Set up your theme – see this section.
The Install button appears when hovering over the theme name

Upload a Theme File

If you have the files for your desired theme, you can upload the theme by following these steps:

Step 1: Download the Theme .zip File

Start by downloading the theme’s .zip file from wherever you purchased the theme. Do not unzip the file.

From the Download options, Installable WordPress file only is the correct one.
For Themeforest themes, choose the Installable WordPress file only

Step 2: Upload the Theme File

Once you have the theme’s .zip file, follow these steps to upload it to your site:

  1. Go to Appearance → Themes in your site’s dashboard.
  2. Click Install new theme:
A box drawn around the "Install new theme" button on the Themes page.
  1. Click the Upload theme button and choose the file from your computer:
The Upload Theme button has been clicked, and a Choose File option appears.
  1. Click Install Now.

If you see the error The theme does not have a style.css file, check the .zip file you are uploading does not contain other files (like documentation, for example). Make sure that you have downloaded the Installable WordPress file only and that it has not been unzipped/extracted automatically by your computer, as explained in the previous section.

Step 3: Preview or Activate the Theme

If you’re ready to start using the theme right away, click Activate:

An arrow pointing to the "Activate" button on the Upload theme page.

To preview the theme before activating it, click Live preview, if available. You may be able to adjust some theme settings before applying the theme to your site. Click Activate & Save when you’re done adjusting the settings and ready to activate the theme.

Set Up Your Theme

After activating a theme on your site, you’ll want to set it up to look exactly how you want. Every theme is different, but these general tips will help you get started:

Demo Content

Your third-party theme may include a method to import or install demo content. The most common methods to make your site look like the theme’s example or preview include:

Support for Your Theme

If you are using a theme that did not create, we are limited in how we can help you with it. We recommend that you contact your theme’s support service directly. They will be the most familiar with the theme and can offer expert support.

Where to Find Themes

If you’ve already looked through the theme showcase, but haven’t yet found the perfect design for your site, there’s no need to worry – there are thousands of themes out there for every type of website imaginable.

First, read our advice on choosing the perfect theme.

Here is a list of popular places for third-party themes:

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