I’ve received tons of emails from you all, asking questions about WordPress. In this article I’ll answer every single WordPress How To Question you’ve sent in. Here is the complete list of questions I’ll be covering. If I’ve missed something, leave a comment below and I’ll cover it next.
If the theme you want to install is a featured WordPress theme, it is easy to install that WordPress Theme:
I’m guessing you already know that and you instead are looking for a way to install wordpress themes that aren’t featured WordPress Themes. In that case:
If there is just one folder after you unzip it and that folder contains a file called comments-popup.php, it is easy to install this theme.
If the previous doesn’t apply. Then you have to install the theme with an ftp program. I prefer filezilla. Go download and install it.
You should now have the theme available under Appearance in your WordPress CMS.
If there is an upgrade available for WordPress, the will be a notification at the top of your WordPress Dashboard that will recommend that you upgrade it. If you don’t see that message, you are running the latest version of WordPress.
If you want to upgrade WordPress anyway, you should first make a backup of your WordPress site. Then go to this location in your browser http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/upgrade.php. Follow the directions on the screen.
Your hosting company should also give you a way to upgrade WordPress. For Go Daddy users:
Here I’m going to recommend that you follow the backup suggestions of your hosting company. I’ve seen many people incorrectly try to back up their WordPress site. I’ll provide the steps to backup a Go Daddy site here. Every hosting company is going to require similar steps.
I have two videos here on How to Install WordPress. The first one is how to install WordPress on most any hosting site. The second is the easy way to install WordPress on a Go Daddy site.
There are a ton of Free WP Themes available under the Appearance link in your left sidebar. Also I have another article where I list the Best Free WP Themes.
I personally cannot recommend any Shopping Cart Plugin except for what is offered by Pay Pal. I explain exatly how to securely use Pay Pal in WordPress in the article WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin with Pay Pal
Many people say that Thesis is the best premium theme. I personally think it’s over priced. I prefer the themes provided by Elegant Themes and also themes created with a program called Artisteer. I wrote an entire article on Artisteer here Create your Own WordPress Premium Themes
Other WordPress Questions
There is only one WordPress How To Question I couldn’t find the answer to. What is the best WordPress Picture Gallery Plugin. I tested a bunch of them and they all seem to have a major flaw. Maybe this will be fixed up soon. I used to like the NextGen Gallery, but it is to buggy at this point in time. The developer of it is normally very good at fixing bugs though and I hope to recommend it soon.
If you have any questions I didn’t cover leave them in the comment section below, or they may be answered in one of the following articles.
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