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WordPress 2.7 Complete by Hasin Hayder, April Hodge Silver

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Installing and changing themes

Now that you've chosen the theme you want to use, you'll need to install it into your WordPress website. In the following sections, we'll look at a brief overview of what a theme actually is, and go through the steps to upload and activate a theme on your WordPress website.

What makes a theme?

A WordPress theme is actually a collection of files in a folder. There are no special or unusual formats, just a few requirements for those files in the theme folder. The only requirements for a folder to be a valid WordPress theme are:

  1. It should have a style.css file and an index.php file.
  2. The style.css file must have the basic theme information in its first five lines.

There are a number of additional files that you'll find ...

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