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  • Resolved jchrisler


    I have a website that was on an older version of wordpress that does not have an appearance area on the sidebar of the dashboard, nor are there any plugins, widgets, or menus – there may be more missing but I have not noted it yet. I upgraded to the latest version of wordpress and still no help with the problem.

    I would like to be able to do more with this site and want to change the theme but cannot figure out how to go about it. I can FTP a new theme, or a plugin up to the server, but then how do I activate it?

    The site itself seems ok, it is here:

    Any help with this problem will be most appreciated.

    Thanks so much, Julie

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  • If you have uploaded the themes to the correct folder on your server, it should be just a case of going to your dashboard, then Appearance > Themes

    You should have a list of Available Themes that will show a thumbnail of the theme and a small description. Just click on Activate for the theme you are wanting to use.

    You can also search and install themes from the dashboard as well if you do not want to mess around with FTP. Just go to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes (you will get an option to search for a theme or upload a theme from your computer)

    Thank you so much for your reply. It was a matter of my having not signed into this particular site for well over a year, and I signed in as a user and not an administrator. Once I signed in properly I could use the functions I needed.

    Thanks so much again,


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