How to Install WordPress Theme from Zip

WordPress is a widely-used Content Management System in the world for building self-hosted websites. There are chances if you’re not already, you’ve decided to use WordPress for your website. But how difficult is it to install a WordPress theme?

Understanding how WordPress themes are added to your website is not at all complicated, regardless of which method you pick to use — and there are a few! The great thing is, once your theme is installed, you’re set to start creating a standout website right away.

Both WordPress and third-party sources offer a myriad of free and premium themes for you to download. The only work you’ll need to do is install and customize it. Once you’ve purchased your premium theme, what you’ll get will be a zip file (sometimes capitalized as a ZIP file). It’s called this because it’s a file of type .zip, and the file is an entire folder that’s been “zipped up” into a single compressed file.

There are a variety of ways to install a WordPress theme. In today’s post, we’ll look into how to install a WordPress theme when you have downloaded it as a zip file (perhaps you purchased a premium theme).

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Here’s a complete guide to installing a WordPress theme from a Zip file:

1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.

To begin, login into WordPress using

2. Navigate to Appearance > Themes

On the left sidebar Hover over Appearance and select Themes from the submenu.

WordPress Dashboard Gif
-Image: WordPress Dashboard

3. Adding a New Theme

On the top of the page click on Add New, this option allows us to add any custom or freely available WordPress Library themes to our website. In this case, we will be using the Custom Downloaded Hello Elementor theme.

Install WordPress Theme Dashboard
-Image: WordPress Dashboard

4. Uploading your Custom Theme

Next, click Upload Theme to upload the zip file of your premium WordPress theme to your website from your computer.

Upload WordPress Theme
-Image: WordPress Dashboard

5. Selecting the .Zip file

Click Choose Now, to browse through your computer directory and select the right file for upload. Please make sure the zipped file only contains the theme files and not any other documentation or license inside it.

WordPress Theme
-Image: Windows File Explorer

6. Installing your Uploading Theme

Once the file has been added, please click on Install Now and wait for the theme to get installed. Please do not close your browser or reload the page for a successful installation.

Installing WordPress Theme
-Image: WordPress Dashboard

7. Verifying Theme Activation

After the theme is installed successfully, please go to Appearance > Themes and click on Activate if it isn’t activated by default.

Hello Elementor Theme

This method will work for any free or premium WordPress theme you have saved as a zip file. It will also work when you need to import a theme from ThemeForest, Themify, StudioPress, or TemplateMonster. Just download the zip file that’s saved on your computer and follow the same steps above.


1. The Theme Folder came with a file? What is a child theme and do I need to install it?
As defined by the WordPress Codex, a child theme is a theme that “inherits the functionality and styling of another theme, called the parent theme.”
If you do not install & activate the child theme and edit core theme files, you will lose your modifications every time you perform a theme update since updates to parent themes are sometimes frequent and may include important bug fixes and new features. You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you cannot update because it would mean losing your customizations!

2. The Page shows a “Request Timeout Server timeout waiting for the HTTP request from the client” Error while uploading the theme.
If you face this error, there is a high possibility. Your PHP values max_input_time (Maximum amount of time each script may spend parsing request data) and max_execution_time (Maximum execution time of each script, in seconds) could have been set too low.
The recommended values for max_input_time = 3000 and max_execution_time = 300, if the error still shows up please try uploading the theme using FTP or Cpanel.

3. Free or Premium Themes? Which is best?
Free WordPress themes are indeed totally free, with no strings attached. The lack of features in free themes makes them lean, and therefore typically faster to load. Ongoing support and updates mean premium themes are more secure in the long run. Premium themes usually ship with plenty of back-end customization options, so there’s rarely any need to delve into the code. Whether you should go with a Free or Premium theme depends on the requirement and the extent of modifications required for the project.


Whether creating a new website or redesigning an existing one, WordPress themes make it quick and easy to add character to your site. Installing a WordPress theme can improve the look and performance of your website. The theme directory on WordPress allows you to search for and install a free theme for WordPress.

If you have any further queries, please leave your questions or comments below.

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Asad Qureshi

Asad is a frontend developer who believes in the synergy of rational and intuitive thinking. With a knack for creativity and a logical approach, he specializes in crafting visually stunning and user-friendly interfaces.

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