Q. How can I change my WordPress site's theme?


You can change many aspects of your site’s appearance by changing themes. Themes are templates that determine the way content is displayed on your site. You can access your theme settings from your WordPress Admin Panel (learn about logging into the Admin Panel).

If you click either Appearance or the name of the theme you’re using—you’ll be taken to the theme-management page.

The Appearance menu item can be expanded to provide more options. (You’ll also see these options when you place your cursor over Appearance on the Admin Panel.) You’ll also see your current theme, labeled Active. To the right of the theme name, there’s a button labeled Customize, which we’ll come back to. It lets you change theme settings.

Below and to the right of the current preview, you will see the different themes that you can choose. The images associated with each theme might give you some idea of what the theme will look like, but if you place your cursor over each image you’ll find links that are more useful. Theme Details will appear at the center of an image. By clicking this, you can read more about the theme. Much more exciting is Live Preview. Try clicking that on one of these themes. You’ll see a preview of how your site would look if you selected this theme. If you like the way it looks, you can click Save & Activate to apply the change; your site will then use the new theme. If you don’t like what you see, leave preview mode by clicking on the X button to the left of Save & Activate. You’ll then be taken back to the theme-management page, where you can try something else. Clicking Collapse will hide the menu on the left so you can get a better idea of what the theme will look like.


  • Last Updated May 19, 2020
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  • Answered By Christine Tobias

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