WordPress Tutorial – How to Activate a New WordPress Theme

SEE THE UPDATED VERSION OF THIS TUTORIAL HERE: www.youtube.com This Intermediate-level WordPress tutorial shows how to change your theme when your site is hosted on wordpress.com. It also shows you how to find a new theme on a site like themes.wordpress.net, download it to your computer, unzip and upload it to the wp-content – themes folder on your web hosting server, and activate it using Dashboard – Presentation. If you need help with using FTP software (required for this tutorial) just send me a comment.


  • do you have to upgrade your account to change the theme? cause i’ve been trying to do this sinceeeeeeeee………….

  • Then you don’t have to pay to change the theme? well I just don’t know how you uploaded the theme, i think you already had a window opened when you dragged the files to that window. where do i find that window?

  • um….i have been working on my website for the past 3 days. People keep telling me to click the “presentations” button buthow do and get there (where can i find it). its so confusing. i want to make my own theme as well…..n e advice

  • Hi Unique,
    In WordPress version 2.3 and earlier, the Theme option is located under the “Presentation” tab. In tutorial about how to change a theme, this is what you see. My tutorial was done when v 2.3 was current.

    However, in earlier this year, WordPress version 2.5 was released. In this new version of WordPress, there is no longer a “Presentation” tab. Instead, it’s called the “Design” tab. If you click on the “Design” tab, you will see the Themes option, where you can select a new theme.

  • Hey McBuzz – great tut there! Thought I’d share mine with you as I am sure your readers may want to know of this free software (no, I am not paid for sharing this software). I just happen to have a wordpress blog.

  • I’ve learned A LOT from your videos, thank you for taking the time to do these. Ok, this has been driving me absolutely crazy and maybe you know the answer – I need the very simplest of themes, just an empty box – that’s it. No nav. buttons, nothing, zip.. and I can’t find it anywhere. I don’t really want to learn how to create themes unless thats my only option – any suggestions? It just has to look clean, I can adjust background color.

  • Of course, finding the time to write your blog posts every day can be difficult in light of the fact that you still have a business to run. And even worse than that, if your writing skills are lacking you may do a better job convincing people that you are an idiot than an expert in your field. No matter how much you know about your topic, and as unfair as it may seem, if it isn’t written well people will assume that you aren’t intelligent.

  • Look in the Dashboard in the left sidebar under Pages, Comments (and Ratings and Polls) for the Appearance tab.

    Under Appearance is the Themes button. You may need to click the arrow next to Appearance to open the submenu so you can see the Themes button.

  • pls help. where can i find the presentation button? it’s not explained in the tutorial. that’s the only thing i need.. pls help.

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