How to Install Magento Theme Manually – Step by Step Guide


A Theme or Template is the frontend of your Magento ecommerce store. A powerful feature rich theme that looks beautiful helps in enhancing the experience of your site visitors and shoppers.

The default Magento 1 theme is a good start to begin with, but as you store becomes more popular you might need a better looking theme with enhance navigation and advanced options on its frontend.

There are two methods of installing a theme on Magento 1

  • Installing a theme using Magento Connect,
  • Uploading Magento theme files via FTP.

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install Magento themes via Magento Connect, and we strongly recommend using this method.

How To Install Magento Connect Themes

There are plenty of free Magento themes available on the Magento Commerce marketplace.

Step 1: Disable Cache

Open the admin panel and go to System → Cache Management


Select all from the list and select disable option from the dropdown menu.  Now just click on Submit.


Step 2: Getting the Magento Theme Extension Key

First, you need to select a theme that you wish to install on your Magento store. Then click on Install Now. 

Install now

At this moment, you will need to log into Magento Commerce, or if you do not have an ID yet, you can signup for free.

After signing in, select Magento Connect 2.0 (if you are using Magento 1.5 and above) and click Get Extension Key  to copy this key.


Step 3: Installing Magento Theme via Magento Connect

After you have copied the extension key, login to your Magento store admin and navigate to System -> Magento Connect -> Magento Connect Manager. Login to your Magento Connect account and then paste the extension key in the field and click on “Install” as shown in the image below.


Now just click Proceed.


Step 4: Activating Magento 1 Theme

Once the installation is successful, head back to the Magento admin and navigate to System -> Design


Now click on Add Design Change.


Select the theme from the dropdown menu and click on Save.


All done! Open your store homepage and you will see the result:

This is it for now. Now, you know how to install a Magento theme yourself. If you run into any problems while installing theme or while configuring it, you are free to ask in the comment section below.


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