Installation

 

There are essentially 3 different ways to install (or update) a Theme4Press theme:

  • through the WordPress admin area of your site
  • through cPanel/web server interface
  • via an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client

Below are instructions for each method.

The easiest way is through the admin area of your site, and so we'll start with that method.

 

a) Installing Theme via WordPress Admin

 

After downloading the theme, go to Appearance   Themes. Select Add New at the top.

 

Add New

 

Select Upload Theme at the top, Browse and upload the zip-file containing the theme. Then select Install Now.  There is no need to unzip the theme.

 

Upload Theme

 

NOTE: See instructions for activating your theme here

 

b) Installing Theme Through cPanel

 

Another way to install a theme is through your cPanel account. Most hosts will give you a cPanel account; however, there is a chance that yours doesn’t. You may have a different system that is similar but not exactly the same as cPanel.

Look for a way to access cPanel through your main account page at your webhost. Your username password for your cPanel account may be different from the username and password you have to access the WordPress admin area of your website.

NOTE: Your cPanel account may not look exactly like the images here, but it should be at least somewhat similar.

Once you’re logged into your cPanel account, find the File Manager link and click on that.

 

cPanel File Manager

 

When you click on the File Manager link, you should be redirected to the directory screen like the one below.  On the screen go to your public_html folder.

 

cPanel public_html

 

Once you’re inside your public_html section, find your wp_content folder and click on that.

 

cPanel wp-content

 

On the next page, click on the themes folder.

 

cPanel themes

 

On the next page, you’ll see the folders of themes already installed on your site. At the top of the page, click on the Upload link.

 

cPanel Upload ZIP

 

On the next page, click the Select File button. Then navigate to the zipped theme file on your computer, and upload it.

 

cPanel Uploading ZIP

 

At the bottom of the page, you should soon see that your upload is complete. You will also see a link in the middle of the page telling you Go Back to… Click that link.

 

cPanel Upload Complete

Back in the themes directory, you should now see the folder of the theme you’ve just uploaded. It will be zipped. Select that file, and then at the top of the page, click on the Extract link.

 

cPanel Extract ZIP

 

You will get a popup that asks you to extract the files, so just click the Extract File(s) button. When it’s done extracting the files, click the Close button that pops up.

 

cPanel Extract ZIP

 

Now you can click Reload link at the top of the section.

 

cPanel Reload

 

You will see that your theme has been extracted and now exists in an unzipped form. You can delete the zipped form of the theme if you like.

 

cPanel Extract Complete

 

NOTE: See instructions for activating your theme here

 

c) Installing Theme via an FTP Program

 

A slightly more complicated way to install a theme is with an FTP client. If you don’t have an FTP program, Filezilla is a popular one that is free.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to unzip your theme file on your computer. If needed, you can find free programs on the web to do this. However, your computer may already allow you to do this.

Next, you’ll want to log into your site’s server using your FTP program. You’ll need to fill out 4 fields of information.

 

FTP Login

 

  1. Host – for example website.com
  2. Username – usually same as cPanel username
  3. Password – usually same as cPanel password
  4. Port – 22 for secured connection, 21 for unsecured

Contact your webhost if the above doesn’t work for you.

Navigate to your unzipped theme folder on your computer. This will be on the left side of the FTP program. Next, navigate to your theme folder on your server. This will be on the right side of the FTP program. The path should be similar as: home   website   public_html   wp-content   themes

 

FTP Connect

 

Once you’re in the theme folder on your server, simply drag your theme folder from the left side of the FTP client (i.e. from your computer) over to the right side of the FTP clieng (i.e. onto your server).

 

Activating Theme

 

Once your theme is uploaded, you will then see the option to Activate it.

 

Theme Activate

 

Updating Theme

 

As there are 3 ways to install a theme, there are also 3 ways to update a theme.

 

a) Update Theme Through WordPress Admin

 

Updating your theme through the WordPress admin area is also the easiest way to update.

In order to update your Theme4Press theme, simply install a backup plugin, which will help you to revert the current version of the theme, if something went wrong.  For example UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup plugin. After the backup, you can proceed to the update.

Navigate to the Appearance   Themes  and remove the current version of the theme.

 

Remove Theme

 

Once the theme is successfully removed, you can continue to the install section.

 

b) Update Theme Through cPanel

 

In order to update your theme through cPanel, you will first rename the old theme. Because you’re doing that (and your site won’t recognize the new name), it might be a good idea to activate a different theme while you complete this process. You might also install a “maintenance” plugin so that visitors will get a message that your site will be back up shortly.

 

Activate Theme

 

In cPanel, rename your theme by selecting the theme, and then hitting the Rename link at the top.

 

Rename Theme

 

You can rename it whatever you want. You are simply renaming it so that you can easily put it back in place if needed. So you might just stick something like “old” at the end of the name.

 

New Name

 

Once you have your theme renamed, upload the new version of the theme, and then install it as you would a brand new theme - see instructions in this section.

If you activated a different theme before, now go back and activate the newly updated theme. Once you are confident that everything updated correctly and the new version is working well, you can delete the old version of the theme.

If something did not go right with the update, you can delete the newly updated version of the theme, and then go back and rename the old version so that you can continue to use it while you figure out why the new version didn’t update correctly.

 

c) Update Theme With an FTP Client

 

In order to update your theme via an FTP client, you will first rename the old theme. Because you’re doing that (and your site won’t recognize the new name), it might be a good idea to activate a different theme while you complete this process. You might also install a “maintenance” plugin so that visitors will get a message that your site will be back up shortly.

 

Activate Theme

 

In the right panel of your FTP client (i.e. on your server), rename your theme by selecting the theme, right-clicking, and then selecting Rename.

 

FTP Rename

 

You can rename it whatever you want. You are simply renaming it so that you can easily put it back in place if needed. So you might just stick something like “old” at the end of the name.

 

FTP Renamed

 

Next, simply upload the new version of the theme as you would a brand new theme - see instructions in this section.

If you activated a different theme before, now go back and activate the newly updated theme. Once you are confident that everything updated correctly and the new version is working well, you can delete the old version of the theme.

If something did not go right with the update, you can delete the newly updated version of the theme, and then go back and rename the old version so that you can continue to use it while you figure out why the new version didn’t update correctly.

 

Video Tutorials

 

 Installing theme via WordPress admin

 Installing theme through cPanel

 Installing theme via an FTP client

 Update theme through WordPress admin

 Update theme through cPanel

 Update theme with an FTP client

 

Knowledge Base

 

Common Installation and Update Errors

 

Please see our Knowledge Base if you experience any of the following common installation errors:

  • Are You Sure You Want To Do This error message
  • Please Try Again error message
  • PHP Warning: is_readable(): error message
  • A blank or white page after installing via File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

 

Less Common Installation and Update Errors

 

  • Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘function’ (T_FUNCTION) in the wp-content folder error message. This error is seen after installing via FTP.
  • If this occurs remove the version and download it again, upload it, and activate. If it happens again try this: in FileZilla go to Transfer   Transfer Type and choose Binary (note: these steps are for version 3.10.2). Then close Filezilla and open it again (restart). Then try to copy the theme unzipped files again.

  • 500 Internal Server Error error message. Please contact your systems administrator as it most likely is an error on your server or webhost’s end.

 

Contacting Us

 

Please make a post in our forums stating which version of WordPress you have (found in the top right or left under W), exactly what you did before you had the problem and a description of the current problem. Any screenshots would be helpful. Here are the instructions to take screen-shots. You can use a picture service like prntscr.com to provide links to the pictures.

 

NOTE: Any mention of plugins, computer programs, software, or other products does not constitute an endorsement of said product. They are only provided as an example to illustrate the instructions