Blogging on Chrome OS: Installing a theme from Themegrill

Introduction

A great feature of WordPress is that you can change the look and feel of a blog using themes.

A good source for themes is, e.g., Themegrill.

I use the ColorMag Pro theme from there and let it cost me something.

This theme is provided e.g., on Themegrill via download as a zip file:

The landing page of Themegrill in Chrome on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
The download page of Themegrill in Chrome on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

Here the downloaded file:

Selecting a download destination for a theme from Themegrill in the Files app of Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
Selecting a download destination for a theme from Themegrill in the Files app of Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

Themegrill gives you more tips on how to proceed when downloading:

Starting a download of a theme from Themegrill  on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
Starting a download of a theme from Themegrill on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

Uploading as Zip file

You can now upload the packed theme to your WordPress instance under “Appearance” ⇒ “Themes” ⇒ “Add Themes” ⇒ “Upload Theme” ⇒ “Choose File:”

Uploading a theme from Themegrill  to your WordPress in Chrome on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
Uploading a theme from Themegrill to your WordPress in Chrome on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

Manual Installation

Unzipping a file under Chrome OS

If you download this zip file, e.g., to a Chromebook, you can quickly unpack it with Chrome OS tools.

To do that, navigate to the location of the file in the Files app:

Selecting a zipped theme downloaded from Themegrill in the Files app on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
Selecting a zipped theme downloaded from Themegrill in the Files app on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

If you double-click the zip file, the contents of the file will be opened directly by the Zip Archiver:

Copying the content of the zipped theme downloaded from Themegrill in the Files app on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
Copying the content of the zipped theme downloaded from Themegrill in the Files app on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

From there you can copy the content to a desired location:

Pasting the content of the zipped theme downloaded from Themegrill in the Files app on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
Pasting the content of the zipped theme downloaded from Themegrill in the Files app on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

Setting up a theme manually in your WordPress

At this point, I refer to Google, as this requires particular WordPress expertise, which I only deal with here in the blog to a limited extent.

Activating the Theme

Most of the time, you will have to enter a license code to be allowed to use the theme on your blog. Have you finished that, you can activate your theme here:

Activate a theme downloaded from Themegrill on your WordPress in Chrome on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com
Activate a theme downloaded from Themegrill on your WordPress in Chrome on Chrome OS | Image: chromeyourstartup.com

In the screenshot, I have already activated the ColorMag Pro theme. You can see on the right side of the theme Twenty Twenty what it looks like when it is not activated. You can simply click on “Activate.”

And that’s it!

Back to the series “Everything you need to know about blogging on Chrome OS.”

Ravolos aka Marcel

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Hey! 😀 I started this blog in 2018. Fitting to the blog, I want to describe myself as a true “Google Sheep,” incredibly addicted to travel and open-minded. I've been traveling the world as a digital nomad since October 2021, creating digital content on Chrome OS, travel, and mobile work.

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