OK. This has probably been covered a gazillion times, but I honestly looked before asking. I opened a wordpress account, I purchased a theme. How do I get that theme into wordpress? I’m comfortable enough with coding to follow instructions, even technical ones, but if someone could push me in the right direction, I’d be very thankful.
I’m pretty sure that you can’t install custom theme on Wordpress.com blogs. Themes you buy here at Theme Forest, for example, are meant to be installed on websites running Wordpress downloaded from Wordpress.org.
Well, I googled my question and I think I am off and running, and hit a road block. Instructions tell me to FTP my theme into the themes directory. The problem is my site is not yet hosted. I am currently hosted by wordpress.com. Do I have to host my wordpress externally before I can use a theme?
If you’re using WordPress.com, then you cannot install custom themes.
Themes on sale here can only be installed on a self-hosted WordPress installation; on wordpress.com you can only use the themes they give you.
Sorry for the harsh news, but you’ll need to purchase your own hosting package and install the self-hosted version of WP (which is fairly easy to do with Fantastico in Cpanel)
Thanks themeblvd. I was hoping to show a prospective client a design idea. their hosting provider supports wordpress. I’ll contact them and see how I can get a “beta” version of the theme running on their hosting account.
Pretty much any web server with PHP /MySQL will work. You can install Wordpress in a sub directory of any hosting you currently have to show your client? I would imagine you have some kind of hosting somewhere?
I have spent the last few days trying to install a theme…...through several sources of support & forums. I finally got the theme uploaded to my Word Press Admin dashboard. It’s now in my directory as a “broken theme” installed, but incomplete. Needs stylesheet and template.
This is a basic dumb question, but do all themes rquire a template purchase? If if I purchase one will it include a stylesheet to fix my broken theme?
thank you! Jill
The theme you’ve purchased only supports WordPress 2.8 which can be downloaded here:
Thank you for finally answering that question which I suspected was an issue! The link you attached was very helpful information, but it reminded me that I download the whole unzipped file instead of the the theme only.
I’m not sure how to remove it from my host via FileZila, but I can probably figure it out. I will do this if it’s something that should be done as well as downgrading to 2.8.