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Lesson 5 – Part 2 – Download & Install a Free WordPress Theme

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Downloading and Installing a Free WordPress Theme

Welcome back to Part 2 of lesson 5 of the Start Building Your Website Here Tutorial series. In this part of the lesson, we are going to download a specific theme and install it on our website. So let’s go back to wordpress.org and then go to “extend home” and select “themes” and here we are going to search for “Suffusion” theme. Hit search. Now you see that Suffusion pops up here. Suffusion is a popular and well maintained theme with a power packed set of options. It is well supported in browsers and is very customizable so it’s the one that we’re going to download.You can go over here to the “theme homepage” and take a look at an example of Suffusion.

This is an example of Suffusion being used in a particular color format and you can see here the representation of the different ways that Suffusion can be formatted and the different color schemes that can be applied to it.  You can see here that there is also a decent description of its features. One of the things that you can find on this website is support for this theme and I wanted to show you that.  Most free themes don’t have anywhere near the support that Suffusion offers.

If you click on the forum button here, it takes you over to the forum where you can look for answers to questions that you may have or request for support. It’s a good place to search if you’ve got a problem that you can’t find a solution for.  It’s remarkable how much support the theme author gives away for free. Let’s go back now and hit the download button. So we’ll open the folder that we saved it in. Now we are going to right click on the zip file and select “extract here”.

Here we go, now we’ll go ahead and open up the Suffusion folder. You can see all of the different files that make up this theme. Let’s go back, select the “suffusion” theme, right click and “cut”. Now let’s go back to our WordPress folder which in this case is in My Business Website. We were just in the “Downloads” folder now we’re going to go to the wp-content/themes folder.  Open the folder, right click and “paste”. You can see that Suffusion has been pasted in here with all of the requisite files.

Now next we’re going to synchronize our local files with our webserver.   So let’s go ahead and open up FileZilla. Go over to File and select Site Manager, select the site that we set up earlier. Hit Connect. Now remember that we’ve got this synchronized and the wp-content in your remote site is synchronized with the wp-content in your local machine. If you go and open up “themes”, you’ll see Suffusion is there. Right click on suffusion and select “upload”. It may take a while for us to upload everything because Suffusion has quite a lot of files. Now we’ve just completed uploading all of  our files. You can see that we have successfully transferred 416 files. If you click over and look at Suffusion, you’ll see that all of these folders and files have been uploaded and FileZilla did its job.

This brings us to the end of the second part of Lesson 5. In the next part of this lesson we will activate the Suffusion theme and practice switching between the themes.

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