Installing a Magento Theme
The default theme that comes with Magento is quite ugly, and after configuring your store you may want to change the look and feel. If you have specific needs for your design you may want to hire an expert to design your theme for you, or you may want to search cyberspace and find one of the free themes out there. Either way, you may need to install an existing theme to your store, and that's what this tutorial is about. These are the steps to install a Magento theme:
Step 1 – Check the theme structure and find out the theme name
Most pre-made themes can be downloaded in .zip format, and can be extracted directly into the root directory of your Magento installlation. However you may want to check the themes documentation to be sure this is the case.
Step 2 – Copy the files
Copy the folders directly to the root directory of your Magento installation and they will be placed in the appropriate locations to allow you to enable the theme through the site admin.
Step 3 – Add the Design Change
Now you will want to log in to your admin panel and go to the 'system' tab and choose 'configuration' from the dropdown menu. Select 'Design' in the left menu under 'General.' Expand the 'Themes' tab. Fill in the theme name in all of the fields on the 'Theme' tab (Translations, Templates, Skin, Layout, and Default), and click the 'Save Config' button. Now when you visit the frontend of your store the theme will be enabled!