How to Install a Theme in Magento 2

How to Install a Theme in Magento 2

A theme in Magento 2 provides a consistent look and feel in the store frontend or the admin area, with the help of custom templates, layouts, styles or images. Nowadays, people tend to judge a book by its cover and thus, a beautiful design and theme play an important role in site recognition. The Magento 2 themes are well known to provide better customer experience and interactive platform! Hence they are a must-have in your store infrastructure.

Before diving into the method to install a theme in Magento 2, take a look at the advantages of themes and how to choose the perfect one for your E-commerce business!

 

Advantages of a theme in Magento 2:

  • The responsiveness characteristic makes it possible to offer the same environment to every user, regardless of the operative platform.
  • The responsive themes provide a scalable platform, i.e., adding new features and functions to already built theme is easier.
  • Improved security features with the Magento 2 themes.
  • The responsiveness nature is appreciated by Google and other search engines, giving you the SEO benefit!
  • Improved user experience, of course!
  • Easy installation process (We’ll see here how easy it is to install a theme in Magento 2!)
  • The free Magento themes are compatible with the new versions of Magento and are optimized for all important web browsers.
  • Absolute uniqueness for your Magento 2 store with custom themes.

 

Points to keep in mind while choosing the Magento 2 Theme:

  • A well-built store with elegant visual effect can work wonders. While an ugly theme can increase the bounce rate. Hence, focussing on the appearance, select a professional looking theme that represents your business.
  • A robust theme with advantages of SASS, Bootstrap 3, HTML5, and CSS3 makes your store responsive.
  • User friendliness themes with easy navigations, useful buttons, and neat arrangements are essential for your theme.
  • It MUST be SEO friendly.
  • Select the theme suitable for your business model.
  • Select a theme that is compatible with multiple browsers to reach more audiences.
  • A good color blend with your products and services!
  • With the advanced use of social media, a social media friendly theme is appreciated.

Proceeding to the steps to install a theme in Magento 2, check the below method:

 

Methods to Install a Theme in Magento 2:

  1. Install Manually

    When you have a list of files in a zipped folder as a new theme, follow this method.

    1. Unzip the theme
      Unzip the archive of the theme and spot the two directories: app and pub.
    2. Upload the files
      1. Navigate to the root directory of your Magento 2 store
      2. Upload the folders into the root directory.
    3. Run the commands
      1. Connect the store via SSH.
      2. Navigate to the root directory
      3. Upgrade the setup with these commands:
        The success of an E-commerce store is achieved by many things and a theme is one of the prominent element. Hopefully, the above tutorial has helped you enough to install a theme in Magento 2! If not, feel free to post your doubts in comments section below and I’d be happy to solve

        Thank You.

    4. Login to Admin panel
      1. Navigate to Content > Design > Configuration
      2. Select Edit the store theme.1_Design-Configuration
      3. Select the desired theme from the dropdown menu and your Save Configuration.2_Applied-Theme
  2. Install via Composer

    When you have a theme as a composer package, follow this method.

    1. Purchase a theme from Magento Marketplace.
    2. Achieve the Composer name of the theme;
    3. Navigate to the root directory and enter the below command:
    4. Wait till dependencies are updated;
    5. Run the below commands:
       

      To verify that the theme is registered, follow the below steps:

      1. Login to Admin Panel and reload any of the backend pages after the theme is installed.
      2. Navigate to Content>Design>Themes
      3. Check if the theme is displayed on the right panel in the list of available themes.

The success of an E-commerce store is achieved by many things and a theme is one of the prominent element. Hopefully, the above tutorial has helped you enough to install a theme in Magento 2! If not, feel free to post your doubts in comments section below and I’d be happy to solve

Thank You.

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Sanjay is a co-founder at Meetanshi. He is a Certified Magento Developer who loves creating Magento E-commerce solutions. Owing to his contributions in Magento Forums and posting solutions, he is among the top 50 contributors of the Magento community in 2019. When he is not engrossed with anything related to Magento, he loves to play cricket.

4 comments On How to Install a Theme in Magento 2

  • it was great post I get know about magento and thinking to make ecommerce website in it

    • Hey, thank you for your appreciation! I’m grateful to help you with my post. Best wishes on your website.
      Thank you!

  • Hello!
    My question is – when I do not have a magento 2 root directory downloaded on my computer, then what I do for step 2?
    (manually)
    Best regards
    Anette

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