Uploading and Installing Themes

You can upload a theme in .zip format and install it manually. Alternatively, you can browse the WordPress theme catalog and directly install the theme you wish.

  1. Click Appearance on the WordPress Dashboard.
    An overview of your themes will automatically be shown.
  1. Click Add New.
  1. Click Upload.
  1. Click Browse.
  1. Select the zip file with your theme.
  1. Click Install Now.

The theme has successfully been installed. You now have three options:

  1. Click Live Preview to view the theme in your browser.
  2. Click Activate to select the theme for your WordPress installation.
  3. Click Return to Themes page to go back to the overview.

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6 thoughts on “Uploading and Installing Themes

  1. Joel says:

    Hi! How do you change the upload file size limit when installing new theme?

  2. JOHN says:

    I am a total newby to world press. I have installed a theme according to instructions but my theme doesn’t show up.when I check preview. I have made 2 pages with content, and have a few more without content.

    I had expected the theme to appear with as a mock up with dummy content to be replaced by by my content.

    Am I expecting the wrong thing, is there some step I am missing?

  3. I don’t get that screen at all – when i click Appearance, it goes straight to a tab where you can customise a very plain box standard theme. I don’t get an option to upload a theme at all. Help!

  4. Brittany Reilly says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for reaching out! Which installation method are you using? For example, free mode, safe mode, or a new version such as standard or managed? If you are by chance using the new managed version, unfortunately there is no ability to upload themes. If this is the case, please refer to this link for assistance:https://community.1and1.com/managed-wordpress-faq/. Let me know if you have further questions!


  5. Gilbert Wael says:

    I would like to ask on how can I manually install a WordPress theme on the 1&1 Control Panel?

    Looking forward to hear from you.



    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi Gilbert,

      you can upload it via the function in your WordPress dashboard. Alternatively, you can upload it via SFTP to your webspace into the /wp-content/themes/ folder.

      Best regards,
      Michael, 1&1

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