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WordPress Theme Installation

There are two methods to install your WordPress theme, via (S)FTP or the WordPress admin dashboard. The (S)FTP method is recommended if authentication credentials for this process are known. Select your desired method below for a step-by-step installation guide.


(S)FTP Installation

  1. Login to the SFTP/FTP account for your blog. You can also use any file explorer with upload capability, if your host provides one.
  2. Navigate the to the WordPress directory, and follow the path 'wp-content/themes'.
  3. Upload the 'ThemeName' (Unzipped) directory found in the downloaded theme folder into the directory above.
  4. Login to the admin panel of your WordPress blog, which will be found at 'yourblog.com/wp-admin' by default.
  5. Once the theme upload has completed, navigate to the 'Appearance -> Themes' section in the admin panel and activate the theme.
  6. Finally, navigate to the Customizer, located at 'Themes -> Customize' to setup the theme settings and layout. Widget configuration is also required. More information on Widget setup can be found in the 'Widgets' section of this documentation.

Admin Panel Installation

  1. Login to the admin panel of your WordPress blog, which will be found at 'yourblog.com/wp-admin' by default.
  2. Navigate to the 'Appearance -> Themes' section.
  3. Select the 'Add New' button. Followed by selecting the 'Upload' page which can be found below the page header.
  4. Using the provided form, upload the 'ThemeName' (Zipped .ZIP) file found in the '/theme' folder. Click 'Install Now' to install the theme on your WordPress installation.
  5. Depending on how your WordPress install is configured, you may be prompted to enter your FTP details for your web hosting account at this stage.
  6. WordPress will now install the theme, this may take a few minutes. Once it has completed return to the 'Appearance -> Themes' section and activate the theme.
  7. Finally, navigate to the Customizer, located at 'Themes -> Customize' to setup the theme settings and layout. Widget configuration is also required. More information on Widget setup can be found in the 'Widgets' section of this documentation.

Demo Content

If you're using a new install of WordPress, you can install demo content to better understand the theme. This is only recommended for new installs, if you're running a live blog do not import demo content. Navigate to your WordPress dashboard, then 'Tools -> Import'. Select WordPress and follow the guide. When you are prompted to upload a demo XML file, navigate to the 'extra/democontent/themename_demo.xml' file in your theme folder. Continue to follow the guide. Ensure when importing you select the option to include attachments.


Theme Updates

In order to update the theme to a new version, we first recommend switching to a alternative theme, such as one of the default themes included with WordPress. You can then delete the current version of your theme, and upload/install the new version using you're preferred method. All theme customizer settings will be preserved, however Widget settings may need to be reconfigured. If you are prompted to update the 'Ecko Plugin' this is a required to avoid layout issues.