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Installing & Activating Your Theme

Now that you have purchased the awesome Total WordPress theme, it’s time to install it. Luckily it’s very easy to install WordPress themes and you have 2 options for installing the theme (via the WP dashboard or via FTP). If you prefer you can skip to the video guide.

Step 1: Download The Theme & Locate

If you already downloaded the theme after you first purchased it, you may have file called something like ““. If that is the case be sure to extract the zip file and inside it browse to Installable-Theme/ The file is the one you want to upload to WordPress.

If you did not download the theme after purchase then you will want to log into ThemeForest and go to your “downloads” and download the “Installable WordPress file only” zip file as shown in the screenshot below. You don’t have to worry about the documentation because that is all online here!

Step 2: Make sure WordPress Is Up To Date!

Total is a powerful theme and makes use of all the latest WordPress functions to ensure the theme is coded as best as possible and is highly optimized, please make sure WordPress is fully up to date before installing the theme!

You should ALWAYS be running the latest version of WordPress anyway, because otherwise you put your whole site at risk for potential threats. Never use an outdated version of WordPress!

Step 3: Install Via WordPress or FTP

Now that you made sure WordPress is up to date you can go a head and install the theme and there are 2 methods for doing so: via WordPress or via FTP. If you are working with WordPress and buying themes you should pretty much know how to install a theme, but below are some screenshots just incase you don’t know how!

Install Via WordPress

Log into your WordPress website and browse to Appearance > Themes

Browse to Appearance > Themes

Then click on the option to upload theme.

Upload Theme

Next browse for the zipped theme file you downloaded from ThemeForest (make sure you have downloaded the “Installable zip” as this is what you would upload to WordPress. If you downloaded the whole package be sure to extract it and locate the theme which is inside the “Installable Theme” folder and is called “”).

Browse For The Zip File

Once WordPress has unpacked and installed the theme, just click to activate it.

Activate Total

Install Via FTP

Your second installation option is to upload the theme via FTP. For this method first log into your site via FTP and browse to your folder located at wp-content/themes. Unzip the theme file you downloaded from Themeforest and upload only the extracted Total folder to your server.


Next log into your WordPress site and navigate to Appearance > Themes to activate Total.

Activate Total

Step 4. Install And Activate Total Theme Core Plugin

Once you have installed the Total theme you will want to install and activate the Total Theme Core plugin which includes “plugin territory” functionality to make the theme even better including some custom post types, over 60 custom builder blocks and more. To do this simply refresh your WordPress dashboard after enabling the theme and you will see a notice to install the recommended plugins like such:

Video Guide

Check out the video guide below which will show you how to install the Total theme.

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