In this tutorial, I will show you how to install a new design, template or theme for your Derby business website.
This is the last step in the series.
The previous steps can be found here:
- How to Register a Domain Name
- How to Set Up a Web Hosting Account
- How to Point DNS to Host
- How to Install a Website Platform for Your Derby Business Website
- How to Install a New Design or Theme (You are here)
You can quickly and effortlessly change the design of the majority self-hosted platforms, and some ‘hosted for you’ platforms, by installing a template or theme.
I will show you some options that are available to your for you to explore yourself.
I will then show you how to install a free WordPress theme quickly and easily so you can see the drastic changes you can make yourself.
Lastly, I will show you how to install a premium WordPress theme (a theme that you will have to purchase).
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Let’s get started.
Where Can I Find Website Templates and Themes?
There are literally lots of options when it comes to finding a template or theme for your website.
I will show you a small sample of options that are available via ThemeForest.
I will link to additional resources at the end of this tutorial.
Let’s take a look at your options.
Joomla is a popular content management system that you host yourself. They also have a hosted version.
Flex – Multi-Purpose Joomla Template
Flex is the number one selling Joomla template with page builder that boasts lots of flexibility.
Jollyany – Multi-Purpose Joomla Template
Jollyany is a multi-purpose Joomla template complete with 11 pre-built websites.
WooCommerce is a flexible, open source ecommerce solution built on WordPress.
StarBella – Multipurpose WooCommerce Theme
Wooxon is a professional online store theme built exclusively for for online shopping and any online digital store.
Lebe – Multipurpose WooCommerce Theme (RTL Supported)
Lebe WooCommerce theme boasts lots of customer enhancing features such as advanced variant swatches, sidebar cart edited.
Drupal is a popular CMS that makes managing a self-hosted website an easy process.
Winnex – Responsive Business Drupal Theme
Winnex is the perfect Drupal theme for business consultants. The theme comes complete with an easy content / page builder.
Vitaco– Responsive Business Drupal Theme
Vitaco is a responsive business theme for Drupal. The design is modern and clean, ideal for any service based business.
Shopify is a popular ecommerce platform. This service is a hosted for you platform.
Ella – Responsive Shopify Templates
Ella is an all-in-one Shopify template with multiple layouts and styles that allows you to create different structures.
Wokiee – Multipurpose Shopify Theme
Wokiee is a Shopify theme that boasts being a powerful design tool, allowing you to have greater control to the look and feel of your ecommerce store.
The self-hosted version gives you access to more community features not available at WordPress.com, such as a large range of themes and plugins.
Ave – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme
Ave is a multipurpose WordPress theme with 200+ beautiful pre-built templates, various layouts, an intuitive visual editor and high-speed performance.
ContentBerg – Content Marketing & Personal Blog Theme
Contentberg is the ideal content marketing theme, for readable and beautiful blogs. This theme is the complete package for bloggers, writers, and serious content marketers.
Now let’s install a WordPress Theme.
How To Install A WordPress Theme
Installing a WordPress theme will drastically change the way your site looks and feels.
Additionally, WordPress has a large number of visual page builders that allow you easily customise any theme or build your own from scratch.
Installing a theme is easy and can be done in a few ways.
I will cover how to install a free theme directly from your WordPress admin dashboard and install a premium theme .zip file.
How Do I Install A Free WordPress Theme?
Installing a free theme is very quick and easy. For this tutorial I will use the Hello Elementor theme.
Before you continue, the downside to many free themes is they do not come with demo content or pre-built layouts.
Demo content or pre-built layouts gives you a quick way of getting your theme to look just like the ‘demo’ of the theme. You simply download the pre-built layout or demo content after you’ve installed the theme.
This is a common option in premium themes. You’ll have to experiment with the free themes to see if demo content is available.
Once imported, you can then edit and delete the demo content/pre-built layout as you wish.
All this being said, Hello Elementor is an Elementor theme and has great support.
To install a free WordPress theme follow these steps.
Now, you can find for a theme using a few different search criteria.
(1) You can search for a theme by ‘Featured’, ‘Popular’, Latest’, Favorites’, or by ‘Feature Filter’. (2) You can also perform a ‘Search’.
The ‘Feature Filter’ allows you perform a search based on your pre-selected criteria, allowing for greater granular control.
(1) Select your filters based on ‘Subject’, (2) ‘Features’ and/or (3) ‘Layout’. (4) Click on ‘Apply Filters’ to return a search based on your selected required features.
To ‘search’ for a theme using the search feature, type a keyword directly into the search bar.
Find a theme using any of these methods and select one that meets your business website requirements.
Hovering your cursor over a theme will allow you to ‘Preview’ or ‘Install’ it. Some previews will not look like the actual theme demo because it may require the installation of certain plugins or you may need to import demo content.
Click on ‘Install’ to install your desired theme. The theme will now begin the installalation process.
‘Activate’ the theme.
Now you could be presented with different options based on the theme you installed.
You will see a notification that says (1) ‘New theme activated’. The Hello Elementor theme I have installed recommends I (2) ‘Install Elementor’ a visual page builder mentioned above. Click on (3) ‘Customize’ to see the options for your currently active theme.
Now you have installed a free theme, it is time to install a premium theme.
How To Install A Premium WordPress Theme
An amazing benefit to purchasing a premium theme is that many come with premium plugins as part of their design, often saving you hundreds of pounds if you were to separately purchase the plugins.
I will install a premium WordPress theme from ThemeForest, The7.
The theme includes six premium plugins.
You will also be spoilt for design choice, as The7 has 40+ pre-made websites that you can install with the automated 1-click installation.
There are other premium theme providers that you can use.
Installing a premium theme involves a few extra steps that were not required to install the free theme.
You will have to download the theme .zip file to your computer and then upload this to your WordPress admin dashboard, before running the installer..
Let’s install The7 premium theme.
If you purchase a premium theme from a different theme provider, the steps will be similar at the point of downloading the .zip file for your theme. At this point, the steps will be the same.
Head over to ThemeForest and sign-up with the site. After you purchase a theme, you will find it in your downloads area underneath your ‘user’ icon.
On the downloads page, you will see all your purchases. If this is your first purchase, it will show just your newly purchased theme files.
Click on ‘Installable WordPress files only’ to download your theme files. If you download ‘All files & documentation’, you will have to extract the folder and locate your theme .zip file contained inside.
Download your theme to a location that makes sense to you. I’m using a PC, but the steps will be similar on other platforms.
Head back to your WordPress admin dashboard.
Go to ‘Appearance’ and then ‘Themes’, just like with the free theme installation process we followed above.
Click ‘Add New’.
Now click ‘Upload Theme’.
Locate your theme .zip file and (1) select it. Click on (2) ‘Open’.
Click on ‘Install Now’ to run the theme installer.
You will see a ‘Theme installed successfully’ message. Finally, click ‘Activate’.
Your premium theme will now be ‘live’. This means the default theme will have changed to your newly installed premium theme.
The theme customization/option page will differ depending on what premium theme you have uploaded.
The7 theme provides quick access to install a premade layout so that it looks the same as the demo site. Many premium themes have this option.
(1) Confirms that you’ve installed the theme. (2) This is where you put your purchase code. Other theme developers require an API to verify your purchase, giving you access to theme updates and support. (3) This is where you go to ‘Import a pre-made site’.
Congratulations, you’ve changed the look of your Derby business website and made it represent your brand and goals.
Now you have installed a theme for your business site, it is time to start adding your content and adding contact forms, etc.
If you need help with this, please contact us.
For templates and themes for the majority of platforms:
For WordPress themes and visual page builders:
For Bootstrap themes and templates:
Website Scripts and Plugins: