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How to Install a Magento Theme to Beautify Your Site

updated on Jan 08, 2015
How to Install a Magento Theme to Beautify Your Site As a useful open source e-commerce software, Magento gradually gains more and more appreciations and popularities from a large group of webmasters nowadays. Under this circumstance, all kinds of Magento themes spring up and thus people have more options than ever to beautify their own sites or zones.

However, the installation of Magento theme is not easy for beginners because it requires related professional knowledge during the process. Besides, there is a huge difference between installing Magento via its Connect and installing it by placing a downloaded theme folder. Thus, let's take a look at the details on the installation of a Magento theme across the board.

Install Via Magento Connect

In a word, to install a Magento theme through its Connect is relatively easy and free-of-hassle even for newbies. Back to the topic, follow steps below and finish the installation by yourself.

1. Select your favourite templates you would like to display in the Magento Content Manager where there is a good collection of premium and free themes.
2. Then, you can see a "Get Extension Key" under the theme image and you should click it to agree with its extension license' agreement. Pay attention to selected one should be compatible with the release of the store you use. For example, if you run Magento 1.5+, you may need the extension key for Magento Connect Version 2.0; if you run Magento 1.4 or older, you may need the extension key for Magento Connect version 1.0.
How to Install a Magento Theme 3. Next, you need to log in your admin panel so as to install a new theme into your Magento store. In details, you go to System > Magento Connect > Magento Connect Manager and then copy the theme's extension key and put it in the correspondent field. If you see "Theme successfully installed" message, you need to go to System > Configuration > Design > Themes to give the new theme a name in the defaulted field, and click on "Save Configuration." When you click Refresh, the new theme will be displayed at the bottom of the list with your existing extensions.
4. Finally, check whether your new theme can be successfully showed up on your home page. If it doesn't, you should pay attention to whether your store home page is loaded properly and go to CMS > Manage Pages to disable/enable the layouts.

Install Through a Downloaded Theme Folder

Although this method is a little bit complex when compared with the former one, in short, the installation of Magento theme through a downloaded theme folder can be completed within 3 steps as follows.

Download a new theme

There are many places like Mojo themes to find a premium Magento theme, and you can get your site catching or drawing by visiting those places. Whichever route or theme you select, you will get a file that is in .zip format. The thing you need to do after you download the new theme to your computer is to unzip it.

Upload the new theme

How to Install a Magento Theme Having downloaded and unzipped your favourite theme, you probably couldn't wait for uploading it to your web host server. To everybody's comfort, the installation step is the same no matter which web host you give trust in and you will see minimum 2 folders according to the theme you select.
Then, you can upload your theme to the root of your site by connecting to your web host via FTP.

Activate the theme

In the end, log in your Magento admin panel and choose System > Configuration from the drop-down menu which is at the top of the page. Click on "Design" on the left menu and click on the "Themes" header to expand the section. The 5 fields will be presented as follows.
  • Translations
  • Templates
  • Skin
  • Layout
  • Default

Usually, you add your theme name in these fields and the "Translation" field is often kept blank only in the case that you adopt an alternate language. Besides, the theme name and the name you enter into each field can be different depending on the theme you choose.

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