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  • Resolved chereen


    My problem is that I have only 3 themes available. All I want is a theme that supports delicious and flikr and that look relatively professional and sober. When I download themes they just go to the desktop or in my computer and Im not sure how to get them into my WP THEMES-DIRECTORY.

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  • Perhaps reading the documentation would be useful:

    Yes Ive read that but find it too complex. Nevermind. Thanks anyway.

    What exactly is so complex about it? We can’t help you if you don’t tell us what the problem is.

    Short answer: That’s the simplest possible explanation there is. If that’s too hard for you, then perhaps you should reconsider running your own website and use a service like or Blogger instead.

    I find it complex too… We’re new here-the directions on here can be quite confusing. I uploaded my theme into the wp-content/theme directory through the ftp client, but then it tells me to go into my admin presentation sub-panel… where is that?

    You can take a look at the explaining video’s on
    They are pretty good and easy to follow.

    The whole process is described and step by step to follow.

    this is preety much confusing

    hey zephorahmagazine.

    when you installed wordpress to your website, it should have gave you a password, the username is defaulted at admin.

    then you take that password you go to your website at the site…

    for example, i made a bloging website and this is where i go to my adminstration panel.

    it should have a wordpress logo and will ask for your username and password, hopefully you remembered your password. hehe 😛

    hope this helps.
    – domo

    Actually, reading the documentation does not help. I am having the same problem as the original poster. I have WordPress 2.6.2. The documentation tells me to go to the Presentation subpage. There is no such page.

    I have followed the directions exactly. I have chosen a theme, placed it in the wordpress/themes directory via the cpanel in my third party server (BlueHost), unzipped it, and it still does not show up as a choice on my themes directory page in WordPress.

    Am I missing something?


    I’d like to ask if I can import new themes to blogs that are hosted on (

    I’ve updated the documentation to reflect the UI changes in 2.6. I think that might have been confusing some people.

    Jeremy (or anyone else with an answer),

    I have returned to the documentation to see your update. However, unfortunately, this still does not help. My problem, specifically, is that my new selected theme — installed in wordpress content/themes directory on my third party server (BlueHost) — does not show up as an option on the WordPress page where I select a new theme. The only options that continue to be there are the “classic” and the “default.”

    Somehow, there seems to be some kind of miscommunication between the wordpress content/themes directory on BlueHost and the actual WordPress blog, or at least the part of it that deals with Theme selection. This is very frustrating as I want to get going on my blog.

    Has anyone who has had this problem been successful in resolving it?


    Check and make sure you don’t have nested folders ie
    wp-content/themes/New theme/New theme/

    Also the problem might be is that he is uploading he said through his host, which case you have to upload each file manually. I am using core ftp because it is more than one file I figured less room for mistakes….lol well I am still having problems uploading themes as well. I finally got it to upload but no posts show and plugins don’t as well. It still seems to not have uploaded everything. So I found another that I really wanted and tried again..this time it says I need to able referrers? So I did what it said to do and get the FF plugin for it and still wont let me use the theme.

    See, this is why I hate automated installers. People never learn how to put files on their website properly.

    You need to learn how to upload files to your website.

    And we really can’t help you with that. We can tell you to use an FTP client and to upload the files, but other than that, you’re basically on your own.

    Now, if you had installed WordPress yourself instead of using your host’s automated installation system, then you would already know how to do this. But if you don’t, then you need to figure it out. You need to talk to your host. Ask them about FTP. Ask them how to upload files.

    And if you can’t figure it out, then you really are not capable of running your own website. Use a service that makes it easy instead of trying to run your own. makes it easy to operate a blog, and it’s free. Try that.

    Well, I called my host and we figured out the problem — I had not installed the new theme to the public_html/wp-content/themes directory, but to another wp-content/themes directly I had duplicatively installed one level above. Apparently it all has to be under the public_html directory in order to work.

    I became a bit familiar wtih FTP (file transfer program), but it turned out that I did not need to use this. I simply downloaded the desired theme to My Documents in Windows, then uploaded it from there to my host. However, I agree that FTP is an important process to master.

    By the way, I find the BlueHost customer support to be outstanding. They not only are patient and knowledgeable, you do not have to wait a long time for them to come on the phone. I have used them three times — and will doubtless use them more — and I give them four stars for each effort. Plus they have weekend hours.

    Thanks to all. From my point of view, you can mark this string “resolved,” although others of you may not yet feel that way.

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