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Hi there and welcome to Learn WP Today. In this video, you’re gonna learn how to install a WordPress theme using ftp which stands for File Transfer Protocol.

If you’ve ever tried to upload a WordPress theme in the admin panel and you got an error saying that the file was too large to upload, this is the process you need to use. Let’s get to the good stuff.

It’s common for web hosting companies to limit the file size they allowed to be uploaded by a web browser like firefox or chrome. This can be a problem if you’re trying to install a premium WordPress theme that comes packaged with a lot of resources. If the zip file is too large, you’ll get an error message. I’m going to show you how to get around this by using FTP, which stands for File Transfer Protocol.

First, we need an FTP client. This is a program that will allow us to connect to our hosting account and manually move files. In the description below I’ll link to the free program that I like to use called Filezilla. They have a Mac, Windows and Linux version. Download the client version that’s right for your operating system and then open the program.

We now need to get our FTP login credentials. If your web host has Cpanel, this is how you get those.

Log into Cpanel and in the Files section look for FTP accounts and click on that. Let’s create a new FTP account by filling out this short form.

First, enter a login name. Notice that the actual login you will use in a minute includes the at symbol and your domain name. In this example, my login will be rich at learn wp today dot com. Now enter a password, twice.

We want to have access as close to the root of our account as possible. So make the directory text box blank. Also leave the quota set to unlimited.

Now click create FTP account. You should now see a success message.

We can now go back to Filezilla and connect to our server up in this top row.

We will need to enter our log in credentials for host. You’re going to enter ftp dot and then your domain name. In this example, I’m entering ftp dot learn wp today dot com for user name. Enter the user name you just created remembering to add the at symbol and your domain name. In this example, I’m entering rich at learn wp today dot com. Enter your password your password. For port you can try to leave this blank, if that doesn’t work, try entering the number 21. If you still can’t connect, contact your web host and ask about your ftp settings.

Okay. Now we can click on Quick Connect.

If you get an unknown certificate warning, you can simply press the blue okay button. This is caused by the way the server is configured and will not affect our process.

Once you connect, you’ll have your local machine on the left side and your server files on the right side on your local machine, browse to your theme files, making sure you are uploading the unzipped directory and that it only includes the theme files in the directory.

On the server side double click on public_html, and then double click on wp_content. Now, double click on the themes directory. This is a list of all the themes currently installed in our WordPress site, drag your theme files from the left side of the screen where your local files are to the right side of the screen to move them on to the server.

This could take a while, depending on the speed of your connection and the size of the files. At the bottom you’ll see a cue of files. This tells you how many more files are going to be transferred.

Once this is done, you can now go back to your WordPress administration and activate your newly uploaded team.

Great. You can now upload any theme using FTP to your WordPress website. If you’ve had any problems with this. tutorial leave a question and the comments below, and I’ll try to help you out. You can always contact your hosting company about any questions you have about FTP access.

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