Principles: Install Your Theme

This section covers the following:

IMPORTANT: If you downloaded your theme from Themeforest: Do not attempt to upload the Themeforest/Code Canyon zip file to WordPress! Unzip the file downloaded from Themeforest to find the Theme Zips folder. This folder contains the actual theme file, called principles_single.zip. (Example:principles_single.zip or principles_single.zip). Theme Zips

Installing via WordPress

Note: If you are not running the latest version of WordPress, please update under DashboardUpdates
  1. Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance and click Add New at the top
  2. Click the Upload Theme link at the topupload-theme
  3. Click the Browse button inside the center white box and navigate to the location of your principles_single.zip file. Select the file and click Open.browse-themefile
  4. Click Install Now to begin the installation.
  5. Wait for the success message, then click the Activate link.

Installing via FTP

  1. Unzip the principles_single.zip to your Desktop (or any easy-to-find location) to find the theme folder, ie "principles"
    • If you are on a Mac and you are seeing a _single extension on the folder, open that folder to find the actual theme folder!
  2. Connect to your web space using an FTP client and browse to wp-content/themes
  3. Drag the theme folder from your computer into the themes directory. The following example shows theprinciples theme folder on the left and the remote server's themes folder on the right.
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    • Mac Users: Make sure that the path is wp-content/themes/principles/ and not wp-content/themes/principles_single/yourtheme as this will cause some functions to break.
  4. Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance Themes
  5. Locate the theme thumbnail and click the Activate button
When your theme is first installed, the homepage will look blank or be missing a layout. This is normal. You will need to add some content and setup widgets and menus to get your website to look like the demo. Continue with this guide for detailed help.

Update Your Theme

If you purchased your theme directly from Obox, you have downloaded the most recent updated package, but it is a good idea to check out the Theme Options Update page so you know how to check for updates in the future. If you purchased from Themeforest, you will probably have some updates waiting for you. View the following guide for how to quickly apply updates using our Theme Updater View Update Guide