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Where is the Theme Folder in WordPress?



Where is the Theme Folder in WordPress

Finding the Theme Folder in WordPress is actually very easy. To get to the theme folder, you will need to go to wp-content/themes/your-theme. Here you will find all the files that is associated with your theme and you can also edit them if you want.

This might sound complicated to you and if it does, I will walk you through the whole process step by step in this article.

Why would you access the Theme Folder in WordPress?

Normally, it is not at all recommended to access the Theme Folder in WordPress without having some coding knowledge. Because even a small change can lead to multiple bugs and errors happening to your site.

However, sometimes, you just don’t have any choice and you will need to edit the WordPress Theme files for customizing your site. These customization options can include changing the color of some elements like the footer, header or sidebar. Or may be you want add some specific type of customization to your site.

In order to do all of these, you will need the access of the theme folder in WordPress.

How to Access the the theme folder in WordPress?

In order to access the theme folder in WordPress, you will need to follow the following steps.

Step 1: Go to Dashboard => Appearance.

Step 2: Hover over to the Theme Editor option

Step 3: Click on “I Understand”.

Here, WordPress is basically warning you to not enter the “Theme Folder” as the data there is very sensitive. And I totally agree, the data is very delicate there and I personally never enter the Theme Folder section of my site, unless necessary. Here, you will need to click on “I understand” and you will gain access to the entire Theme Folder section in WordPress.

Step 4: Locating your Theme Files

The next step is to locate your theme files. Remember, the Theme Files of WordPress is located in the Themes Folder. The Theme files shown here is from the Theme Folder of your WordPress site.

In the Theme Files section on the right, you will find a lot of files there including style.css, header.php, footer.php.

To make things easier for you:

  1. style.css – This file contains all the CSS coding of your site. This includes colors, type of fonts used on your site and all the sizing. Here, you can edit the colors and styling of almost any section of your site, whether it is sidebar, header, footer. Note: The style.css is only used for customization.
  2. header.php – This file basically represents the Head section of your site. If you been using WordPress and especially, if you were trying to add Google AdSense Ads into your site, Google tells you to add their code between the <head> </head> tags. You get access to the head tags from this section or file.
  3. footer.php – Footer.php is bascially, you guessed it right, the file that represents your Footer section. In this file, you will find all the codes that build your footer portion of your site. Normally, most WordPress users never touch the codes here and me included. Instead, if we ever have to change anything, we prefer using a plugin that can help us change and customize the footer section.
  4. index.php – The index.php file is like the basic website skeleton. It joins your Header with the Footer and makes your site visible to the Google as a fully functional website. Remember, if you ever took HTML Classes, we’d start off making our site by first making the index.html page. Then we would connect our style.css page and other pages to the Index page. So, this page is basically that. However, it’s not recommended to touch this page or make changes to it.

So, these were the most important files in the Theme Folder in WordPress and there, normally users only edit the Header.php file and style.css file.

Finding the Theme Folder in WordPress using Cpanel.

However, sometimes, you may want to download your WordPress files. In that case, how would you actually do that. Because from the WordPress theme editor, you can get access to the Theme Folder and the files inside it and also edit them, but you can’t download the files.

In that case, you’d have login into your Cpanel and gain access to your WordPress files out there. Follow the steps below that will guide you step by step towards finding your Theme Folder in WordPress using Cpanel.

Step 1: Login into your Cpanel

The second way to access the Theme Folder on WordPress is using the cPanel. Normally, most Web hosting companies use cPanel, while other companies like Site Ground have their own customized version of cPanel. Essentially, what we want to do here is to login into our cPanel Dashboard.

Many times, we don’t know if we actually have an account on cPanel. In that case, you will need to contact your web hosting company. An easy way to do that is by contacting their support, and essentially asking them to help you get your cPanel Credentials. They are really nice people and if you have any problems, just contact them.

So, far the best customer support from Web Hosting companies is definitely from Site Ground. I am not trying to promote Site Ground, however, they are still the best and the fact that you don’t even have to worry about cPanel, once you are signed up with Site Ground. Essentially, they have their own customized version of cPanel that can be accessed directly from your Site Ground.

Step 2: Go to File Manager

Once you are logged in into your cPanel Dashboard, you will need to navigate towards the FILES section. There you will find an option called “File Manager”.

It is in the “File Manager” option where you will find all the files of your website. Your WordPress files will be basically stored under this option.

Now, many people suggest using services like “FTP” or File Transfer Protocol to transfer or download files from your website. You can do that too, however, it can very complicated as there are lots of options, you want to set up before you use “FTP”. Firstly, you will need to Install an FTP software like FileZilla on your computer. The, you will need to connect your website’s files using an FTP server. The thing, why complicate things when you are just using the trying to access the Themes Folder on WordPress.

The best thing to do here is to directly use the File Manager Option to access your Themes Folder in WordPress.

Step 3: Finding your Themes Folder in WordPress

The themes folder in WordPress will be located in the “wp-content” folder. Here, once you are in the File Manager, you want o locate public html and click on it.

Next, you find a number of folders that are all related to WordPress. For example, wp-admin, wp-includes, wp-content…

What we are interested in is the “wp-content” folder. Click on this folder and follow the file path below.


Inside the themes folder, you will find all the files that are related to the theme.

In order to download any of the files, just click on the “Download” option right on the top left corner of the File Manager.

So, there you have it, this is how you locate and find the Themes Folder in WordPress. Hope this article helped you and solved your Queries and Questions.

If you have any problems with WordPress or any specific question or topic you want to share with us, feel free to drop us a message. With that said, thanks for reading and hope your site will have successful sessions in the future.

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