Installing a WordPress theme

I’ve created a theme especially for church websites using the Church Admin Plugin. Here’s how to install any theme and in particular mine!

Login to your website dashboard typically YOURDOMAIN/wp-admin

That will take you to your dashboard with a menu on the left hand side. Click on Appearance, and then Themes

The theme pages shows all your installed themes and the top left theme is the active one. Click on the “Add New” button.

And then on the “Upload Theme” button.

Then click on “Choose File” and find your theme zip file download location. Then click “Install Now

The screen will show the install process.

Once there is an “Activate” link, click on that to activate the theme, don’t worry as WordPress stores all the options for themes you have used separately. That’s great news, but it means you do need to configure the menu.

Click on Appearance to open the submenu if necessary and then click on Menus.

It will show the current menu layout, if you have one.

The boxes under “Menu Structure” can be dragged and dropped to sort the left to right order. If you drag to indent an item, it becomes a submenu of the item above it.

You can add items from the left by checking them and clicking “Add to menu”

When you have finished. Click on “Create Menu” bottom right – it may be “Update Menu”

Now click on the Manage Locations tab, select the menu you just created and click Save Changes.

The theme is now ready for public consumption, but it still has some defaults you can change!

Head to Appearance and then Customize.

That will bring up the front page of the site and a left hand menu of all the customize options.

Have a play with settings and don’t worry as they aren’t live until published.

You can turn off, the Plan my visit pop up in the “Plan my visit” menu item.

Changes are set when you click “Publish” at the top.

You can change the Header Image and the colour overlay – header images are best created at 1800x600px. The theme comes with a header image pack!

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