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 themename_single.zip. (Example: gigawatt_single.zip or dynamo_single.zip).
- Unzip the themename_single.zip to your Desktop (or any easy-to-find location) to find the theme folder, ie “gigawatt” or “dynamo”
- 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!
- Connect to your web space using an FTP client and browse to wp-content/themes
- Drag the theme folder from your computer into the themes directory. The following example shows the express theme folder on the left and the remote server’s themes folder on the right.
- Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to →
- Locate the theme thumbnail and click the Activate button
- Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to and click at the top
- Click the link
- Click the Browse button and navigate to the location of your themename_single.zip file. Select the file and click Open.
- Click Install Now to begin the installation.
- Wait for the success message, then click Activate.
If you are a Themeforest customer, or downloaded your theme more than a few ago, it is a good idea to check for theme updates before diving into setup!
Check for theme updates under Install the updates you need.→ . Follow the inline instructions to check your theme version and
You may also update manually or re-install the theme with a fresh version (recommended). Custom CSS may be safely restored after the reinstall if needed. You can view a detailed walk-through of both options here:
When your theme is first installed, the homepage may look blank or be missing a layout.
You will need to add some content and setup widgets and menus to get your website to look like the demo, explained in the Quick Start Guide up next.