How To Install Magento Themes

One of the biggest and best e-commerce shopping carts is Magento. Magento has a free version at Magento Commerce. This system can be quite confusing when you are trying to change your theme. It isn’t like most other systems where you get one folder and all you have to do is upload it and activate it. I have put together a walk through on how to install/change your Magento theme.

First off you have to go out and find a Magento theme. Some of these are quite expensive but come with much more than just your typical free one. The first place I would check for themes is ecommerce-themes they have quite a few really nice looking themes for you to download. After getting your theme, it should come in a zip file extract those on your computer. Inside the extracted folder you should get two folder called app and skin.
The next thing you have to do is add those folders to your Magento installation. This requires you to ftp into your site. The app and skin folders go in different places. The app folder needs to be uploaded to your magento/app/design/frontend/default directory and your skin folder needs to be uploaded in your magento/skin/frontend/default directory.

Magento CMS Manage Pages

Now that you have these folder in your Magento site we have to go through the admin to tell the site to use the new theme. First log in to your admin and go to the CMS tab and them manage pages.

Magento CMS Pages

Custom Design Pages

Inside there you will have to change every pages custom design to your new theme name you installed.

Magento Custom Design Pages

System Configure Design

Next you will have to go to the System tab and then Configure. Inside the Configuration section go under Design and change all of the relevant fields to your new theme name. Make sure you save everything and your theme should be up and ready to go.

System Configure Design

About Shane

Hi I am Shane the main author of this blog. I am a self taught web developer. I have been working in this industry since 2008. I work a lot with WordPress, Magento, SEO & SEM, and custom built websites. I love all sports and I will try anything at least twice.

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  • swati

    in magento how to add them into zip file

  • Jimmy
  • hassandad

    Thank you so much, after a lot of search and time, this post directed me into right direction to change my theme.

  • One of the greatest and best e-commerce shopping carts is Magento. Magento has a 100 % free edition at Magento commerce.

  • manish

    how to install a new theme in my magento server


    Just changed successfully, thanks Shane.

  • Rat

    I didn’t need the part about Custom Design Pages (that just confused me). When I went straigh to the config, it worked. Thanks.

  • xxr wheel

    Thanks Installing on my site has we speak,
    really need to know how to upload theme

  • How To Install Magento Themes I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You are amazing! Thanks! your article about How To Install Magento ThemesBest Regards Shane

  • Scrants

    Thanks worked!!!

  • Marlene Dsouza

    Thanks a bunch I could not have done this without you. Glad you come up #1 Google for install magento theme 🙂

  • Catherine

    I am going out of my mind trying to upload my Magento Theme. I had no idea that Magento used so many files! I haven’t used Magento’s platform before but after trying with other shopping cart software I’m afraid Magento might be the better option.

    Shane can you give me a quote for uploading my theme to Magento’s backend system? You can use the email in my profile..

  • Meathanjay

    This is great, Thanks for this

  • Magento development India

    Hi there ,
    I am new to Magento. i have been trying to create my own template in magento since 3 days but can’t find the precise file that needs to be modified. and which are all files required to create a new template?

    I would appreciate your help..:)

    • As far a files that you need you should start with the default Magento template. Magento uses the theme that you decide to use and overrides the default templates.