How to Install a Theme or Plugin from Your Computer

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Yesterday’s post showed you how to install a theme and plugin from the WordPress library.

Today we’re going to install the same theme and plugin (Astra & Elementor) but from your computer and here’s why.

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At some point in your website designing, whether it be a freelancer or career change, you will probably need a few tools that WordPress does not offer.

For example. Most of the themes and plugins in the WordPress library will offer a professional version of the tool.

The pro version unlocks features and design control which you don’t get when you download a “free” theme or plugin from the WordPress library.

For this walkthrough, we’re going to install the following:

Theme: Astra Pro
Page Builder: Elementor Pro

How to install a theme from your computer!

How to install WP Astra Pro from your computer.

When you install a theme from your computer:

  • First, you must download the free or professional theme to your computer (In this case we’re working with Astra Pro).
  • Log into your WordPress admin at yourwebsiteaddress.com/wp-login.php
  • In the admin panel, hover over “Appearance” and click on “Themes”.
  • Click the “Add New” button on the themes window.
  • Click the “Upload Theme” button to open the dropdown window.
  • Click the “Browse” button.
  • In the “File Upload” window, go to the folder on your computer where you have downloaded the Astra Pro theme.
  • Select the theme and click “open/upload”.
  • Click the “Install Now” button to start the upload process.
  • Lastly, click the “Activate” button to make your theme active.
  • You’re done!

You can now view your website in a different tab or by clicking the “Visit Site” button from the dropdown menu of the website name in the admin bar.

How to install a plugin from your computer!

How to install Elementor Pro from your computer.

When installing a plugin from your computer:

  • First, you download the free or professional “plugin” to your computer (In this case we’re working with Elementor Pro).
  • Log into your WordPress admin at yourwebsiteaddress.com/wp-login.php
  • In the admin panel, hover over “Plugins” and click on “Add New”.
  • Click the “Upload Plugin” button on the plugin s window.
  • Click the “Upload Plugin” button to open the dropdown window.
  • Click the “Browse” button.
  • In the “File Upload” window, go to the folder on your computer where you have downloaded the Elementor Pro plugin.
  • Select the plugin and click “open/upload”.
  • Click the “Install Now” button to start the upload process.
  • Lastly, click the “Activate” button to make your plugin active.
  • You’re done!

In Conclusion

How to install a theme or plugin from your computer.

Whether you’re building websites as a career, are a personal website using WordPress, at some point, you will most likely need more control.

Once you have purchased your theme or plugin and downloaded the file to your computer, it’s now time to upload the zip folder to your WordPress website.

Once your theme or plugin is uploaded, you activate the theme or plugin and get started creating your masterpiece design.

You now know how to install a theme or plugin from your computer for WordPress.

‘Til the next episode,
Cheers!

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