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You've just managed to get through installing SMF and, quite naturally, you're extremely proud of yourself! I'm guessing that, now, you'd like to customize your forum, to change the look and feel of it, in line with its subject matter.  You can do this with a theme.
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To change the appearance of your forum, you can install a new theme. To obtain a new theme, follow the steps outlined below:
  
Getting a new theme really is simple. Here is the most common way to do it.
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# [[Backup]] your database and files.  It is very rare for anything to go wrong when installing a theme, but it is best to be prepared, just in case.
 
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# Go to the [http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes SMF theme site]. Choose a theme that is compatible with your version of SMF. Download the theme to your desktop computer.
# [[Backup]] your database and files.  It is very rare for anything to go wrong with this, but it's best to be prepared, just in case.
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# Go to the [Themes and Layout|''Themes and layout''] section of your SMF admin panel. At the bottom of the page you will see the "Install a New Theme" section. Click "Choose", which is next to "From a file" to open a dialogue box.
# Go to the SMF theme site http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes. Choose a theme that is compatible with your version of SMF. Download the theme to your desktop computer.
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# Within this box, find the theme you have just downloaded and click the "Install" button.
# Go to the "Themes and layout" section of your SMF admin panel and, at the bottom of the page, you'll see the "Install a New Theme" section. Click on "Choose", alongside "From a file". A dialog box will open.  
 
# Using that requester, navigate to the theme you just downloaded. Click the "Install" button.
 
 
# An alert will pop up. Confirm that you want to install the theme.
 
# An alert will pop up. Confirm that you want to install the theme.
# Your theme is installed!
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# Your theme is installed.
# In "Themes and layout",  next to "Overall forum default:", select this theme's name. It will be the new look for your site.
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# In "Themes and layout",  next to "Overall forum default:", select this theme's name. It will become the new default theme for your site.
  
Now that you have figured that out, don't forget to backup!
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Once you have completed this process, and you are happy with the appearance of your forum, remember to backup.
  
 
There are other ways of installing themes. If you want to read about those ways, have a look here: [[{{Latest docs}}Themes_and_Layout#Install_a_New_Theme|Install a New Theme]]
 
There are other ways of installing themes. If you want to read about those ways, have a look here: [[{{Latest docs}}Themes_and_Layout#Install_a_New_Theme|Install a New Theme]]
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Revision as of 08:06, 28 September 2014

To change the appearance of your forum, you can install a new theme. To obtain a new theme, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Backup your database and files. It is very rare for anything to go wrong when installing a theme, but it is best to be prepared, just in case.
  2. Go to the SMF theme site. Choose a theme that is compatible with your version of SMF. Download the theme to your desktop computer.
  3. Go to the [Themes and Layout|Themes and layout] section of your SMF admin panel. At the bottom of the page you will see the "Install a New Theme" section. Click "Choose", which is next to "From a file" to open a dialogue box.
  4. Within this box, find the theme you have just downloaded and click the "Install" button.
  5. An alert will pop up. Confirm that you want to install the theme.
  6. Your theme is installed.
  7. In "Themes and layout", next to "Overall forum default:", select this theme's name. It will become the new default theme for your site.

Once you have completed this process, and you are happy with the appearance of your forum, remember to backup.

There are other ways of installing themes. If you want to read about those ways, have a look here: Install a New Theme