1. Install WordPress
Download and Install WordPress 3.8 or later.
To Install WordPress please follow the instruction here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress
YOU CANNOT INSTALL WORDPRESS THEMES ON A WORDPRESS.COM BLOGGING ACCOUNT
It’s important to understand that an account on WordPress.com is not the same as a website running a self hosted copy of WordPress.
If you have purchased a theme with this intention you should contact envato support.
2. Download Theme
A. If you’ve downloaded whole theme package (see image below), unzip it.
There you will find 3-4 folders such as:
Open the theme folder and you will find 2 zip files:
- lush.zip (this is the theme you need to upload)
- lush-child.zip (see child section for more info about child theme)
B. Alternatively you can simply download the installable WordPress file (see image below) You should have the lush.zip archive by itself, which is the file to upload via the dashboard.
3. Install Theme
To install the theme, in your WordPress Admin Panel (wp-admin) go to “Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload > browse to your .zip file. (see image below).
Please note that some hostings have a restriction on a size of a file that you are uploading. If any warnings appear, most probably, your hosting has file size limit. And the theme .zip file is too large to be uploaded via WordPress Panel. You can try contacting your hosting provider and ask to ease this restrictions.
Otherwise you can install theme via FTP. Simply unzip the installable file and upload the theme folder via FTP into “your_site/wp-content/themes/”.
For more info and help on installing the theme via FTP, follow this link.
Attention! Theme will work fine on the vast majority of correctly installed and configured WordPress sites without any additional settings. However on some (very rear) hosting configurations you can notice that images on your site are not displaying. If you are experiencing this issue, please follow these steps to fix it:
1. Make sure that theme installed strictly to “your_site/wp-content/themes/” folder.
2. The folder “your_site/wp-content/uploads” must be created. On some hostings you’ll need to set its CHMOD to 755, on others – to 777.
If above steps did not yield any results, please don’t hesitate to address this issue directly to yourhosting company. Since this is most likely a server-related problem, we will not be able to help you!
4. Activate Theme
In “Appearance > Themes > activate the theme by hitting the correspondent “Activate” link.
Attention! To assure your permalinks are being rendered correctly (the web-site does not return “404 Not Found” error) after switching the theme, follow “Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks” and click “Save Changes”.
5. Install Plugins
After theme activation you will see a “recommended plugins” notice. Click the “Begin installing plugins” link in order to proceed to installation. Make sure you activate them after installation.