Installation of your theme

To install your theme, you should have first have your domain, along with your hosting provider, and you must have WordPress installed on your hosting account. Instructions about installing WordPress can be found here, alternatively you may want to refer to your hosting provider for more details on WordPress installation.

There are 2 method for theme installation:

  1. Upload via the WordPress backend
  2. Upload via an FTP Service

Flo Launch

If you have an existing WordPress site, don’t activate the theme until you’re ready to make the changes.

You may want to refer to our documentation on switching WordPress themes.

Use Flo Launch

Try out our Flo Launch plugin, this will allow you to set up the new theme on your existing site, and keep your main site live until you’re ready to launch. (Thats right you can test drive it until ready.)

Once you’ve installed Flo Launch and activated the new test site, you can follow the details below on adding your new theme. Just make sure that you’ve enabled the test mode before you’re activating the theme.

WordPress Installer

Using the WordPress installer is the easiest method for installing your new theme. The following tutorial explains how to do so.

Step 1 – Download Theme

First you must download the theme you’ve purchased, you will have received an email with a download link, if you have not received this, or cannot find the email you can login to your account here.

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Once downloaded you will have a zipped file with the theme name and version i.e. rebecca.1.4.8.zip This is the theme file you should install.

Step 2 – Check Files

Make sure that you have a .zip file, for Safari (mac) users it often happens that the theme is unzipped.

If you are using Safari to download the theme, then it will unzip the compressed file automatically and the unzipped file usually will be saved in the Download folder. in this case you’ll have to compress the unzipped folder and install the new compressed file:

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Step 3 – Install Theme

Now that you have the correct .zip file for uploading, you can simply login to your WordPress backend and upload it. Login to your site, then go to appearance > themes > add new:

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Now, select Upload Theme,  select choose file and find your theme from your local computer (the .zip file that we previously mentioned) and press the Install Now button.

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In few moments, WordPress will upload and extract the theme archive for you.

Step 4 – Activate Theme

NOTE! If you have an existing WordPress site, don’t activate the theme until you’re ready to make the changes. You may want to refer to our documentation on switching WordPress themes. Or try out our Flo Launch plugin, this will allow you to set up the new theme on your existing site, and keep your main site live until you’re ready to launch. (Thats right you can test drive it until ready.)

If you are ready, then simply click on the Activate link under the message for successful theme installation:

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If you haven’t activated the theme, and you’re now ready, head over to Appearance > Themes:

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Find the theme you want, hover over it and then click activate:

Note: If the Theme preview is blank, do not activate the new Theme without investigating further. Your site may not be displayed correctly, otherwise.

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Now you’re ready to get started! Follow the documentation on the left hand side with more details on setting up pages, galleries, and adding posts.

FTP Upload

If automatic installation fails for some reason, you’ll need to use an FTP service (such as FileZilla) alternative route for installing your theme.

Step 1 – FTP Details

You will need to know several details about your FTP account:

  • FTP host address

  • FTP username

  • FTP password

  • location of your WordPress installation inside the hosting account (usually directly into the public_html folder or some folder inside this)

Step 2 – Download and Extract Theme

First you must download the theme you’ve purchased, you will have received an email with a download link, if you have not received this, or cannot find the email you can login to your account here.

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Download the Theme, it will be a zipped file with the theme name and version i.e. rebecca.1.4.8.zip. Unzip the file. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files. Follow the guidelines provided by your Theme author.

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It should look like the following:

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Step 3 – Upload to Themes Folder

Then you will need a FTP client (FileZilla is a great free software).

• Upload Flotheme to the wp-content/themes folder

 Using FileZilla, connect to your hosting account. In the left pane navigate to the folder. In the right pane navigate to your WordPress installation folder (look for wp-admin and wp-content). Once you have locate this, navigate inside wp-content/themes. Right click the“theme_name” folder on the left pane and select Upload from the menu.

After the transfer is complete you should see the new theme folder right next to the default  themes folders.

NOTE! The picture below uses ‘Melbourne’ theme as sample, but you can do the same with your theme.

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Step 4 – Activating Theme

NOTE! If you have an existing WordPress site, don’t activate the theme until you’re ready to make the changes. You may want to refer to our documentation on switching WordPress themes. Or try out our Flo Launch plugin, this will allow you to set up the new theme on your existing site, and keep your main site live until you’re ready to launch. (Thats right you can test drive it until ready.)

If you are ready, then simply login to your WordPress admin panel.

Via the dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Themes. The new theme should be displayed in the list.

Hover the mouse over the desired theme and click Activate button to enable it.

Note: If the Theme preview is blank, do not activate the new Theme without investigating further. Your site may not be displayed correctly, otherwise.

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Now you’re ready to get started! Follow the documentation on the left hand side with more details on setting up pages, galleries, and adding posts.