After the initial installation of your Drupal site is complete, you will want to begin making it your own. One of the first things people do to customize their site is to find and upload a theme. This tutorial demonstrates how to install theme in Drupal 8.
Here are the steps involved in this process:
- Login to Admin Dashboard
- Enter Management Sub-Menu
- Enter Appearance Tab
- Select File to Download
- Install Theme
- Successful Installation
- Activate Theme
Login to Admin Dashboard
Login into your Drupal 8 administrative dashboard. This will be your site URL with /admin appended at the end. For example: http://example.com/admin
Enter your username and password in the respective fields. If you do not remember your password, you can request a new one to be sent to your email address by clicking on the Request new password link.
Enter Management Sub-Menu
If you do not see a submenu under the main menu bar, select Manage from the top menu bar.
Enter Appearance Tab
Next, click on Appearance from the secondary menu .
Select File to Download
When you have found the theme you wish to install, go to the Downloads area on the theme page and click on zip file to be downloaded. Be sure to choose the appropriate version for the theme.
Then click on the Install New Theme link found at the top of the page.
On the install page, you can either enter the URL of the theme’s zip file or use the Browse button next to the Upload a module or theme archive to install field to find and upload the file from your PC. The field should reflect the path to the folder where you downloaded the zip file.
You can also upload a theme through FTP or File Manager. This uploads the files directly to the Theme directory, locates it in the root.
Click the Install button to upload and install the theme. Once completed, you should get a success message.
You can now return to your Drupal 8 admin and go to the Appearance page where you will now see the new theme listed.
Click on Set Default to make it the active theme.
You can now enjoy your new theme!
In this tutorial, I discussed several ways of transferring third-party themes to your Drupal 8 website. I hope you now know how to install theme in Drupal 8. If you’ve run into any trouble, feel free to contact me for advice.
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