October CMS Theme Installation
These files are useful to show your content on frontend side. If you change html markup of these files your site will look accordingly. theme includs layout html markup files.
Changing your theme changes how your site looks on the front-end,
what a visitor sees when they browse to your site on the web. There are lot of free October CMS themes in the October CMS theme marketplace https://octobercms.com/themes, Some of them are totally free to use and some more premium themes are paid.
Installing free theme
Always its good idea to check out free themes first then if you need more premium themes you can buy and install your premium themes later on.
1. Open Backend
To chagne theme/install theme you need to login to your backend. login user should have proper rights to change/install themes.
You can go to
admin panel of site by adding
/backend to your root site url.
[ in some cases your backend url different if you manually configured it, In most cases its
/backend by default ]
it will redirect you to backend module
https://yoursite.test/backend/backend/auth/signin that is completely fine
User your backend credentials to login to your backend. on successful login you will be greated with dashboard.
2. CMS > Frontend theme settings
Once you successfully login you can go to
frontend theme settings by mani navigation bar on top
Settings > CMS (section from left side menu ) > Front-end theme
After navigating to this location you can see right side October CMS provides bydefault
if you already installed any themes you can see list fo themes here, to activate one of already installed theme you can click on
Activatebutton to activate that theme.
3. Installing Theme
To install new theme you need to go to
Install Theme Tab
Navigate to this setting
Settings > SYSTEM (section from left side menu ) > Update & Plugins
Then you need to click
install plugins button from right side.
It will bring you to
install products page now by default
PLUGINS tab will be selected.
You need to Click
THEMES tab, it will open
install them tab with search box from where you can search themes which are available at
October CMS Theme Marketplace
To get proper theme name and details you can visit
https://octobercms.com/themesit will show you theme details and name of theme which you can enter in search box to intall it.
i.e. we are going to install theme called
theme details : https://octobercms.com/theme/rainlab-bonjour
Now search name
bonjour in searchbox it will show respective theme, you can
click on it or use arrow key to navigate to that theme and
It will download and stat installing theme to you October CMS website.
Once Installation is Complete you need manually
Activate theme. You can do it by reading
4. Preview of Installed theme.
activated newly installed theme you can preview it by opening your front end, To open front end from backend you just need to click
Preview Icon which is left side of your backend user Profile picture.
5. Theme Installation Complete
activating theme you can start editing files of your theme according to your desire and make your site more professional.
We will cover how to edit theme files, layout, css in next tutorials.