Why and How to Change Default with New Magento 2 Themes?

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Magento 2 themes are perhaps the most crucial part of any ecommerce stores. No matter what your products are, your website’s appearance has to be stunning so that it could draw the customers’ attention and they’ll stay on the store. 

Magento’s default responsive themes are compatible with different devices, namely desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. When Magento detects a particular ID of browser or user agent, it uses the theme that is particularly designed for that browser. 

But, to be honest, the default Magento 2 themes are somewhat monotonous. They include just a few features, so sometimes do not meet each of your requirements. That’s why you must come to an advanced theme and here is the step-by-step guide which shows you how to install Magento 2 themes manually.

Step 1: Download the theme

Choose your favourite Magento 2 theme and download it. Then unzip the archive of the theme and find two directories: app and pub.

Step 2: Upload the theme

Access the root directory of your Magento 2 store using FileZilla or any SFPT client. Get the app and pub folder uploaded in the root directory that you got after extracting the zipped folder of your theme.


Step 3: Run Commands

Connect your store via SSH and go to the root directory of your store.

To upgrade the setup, run this command:


To deploy the static content, run the command:


Step 4: Apply the Theme

Open the admin panel of your store and go to ContentConfiguration.


Now click on Edit


Select the theme from the Applied Theme drop-down menu which you have uploaded. Now just click on Save Configuration.

All done! You can now visit your store and you will see your new theme.


There are many things involved in the success of every ecommerce store, but a great theme is one of the most prominent ones.
I believe that after following this simple guide, you should be able to install a theme in Magento 2. If you have any further questions or suggestions, let us know in the comment section below.

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