Premium themes are created by a third party company. They are then released for people to buy on websites such as Themeforest. Premium themes often come pre-packaged with a lot of additional functionality. This comes in the form of premium plugins such as sliders. These plugins would usually incur an additional fee to allow you to add them into the website separately.
Installing a premium theme is also quite straightforward. However, the process is different to installing the free themes mentioned earlier.
When you purchase a premium theme, you download files onto your computer. These will contain the ‘theme.zip’ file that you will then need to upload to your website.
There will usually be an ‘instructions’ or ‘help’ file that you will also download. It’s definitely worth reading this file. It should offer you guidance on installation, as well as all the various aspects of the theme and its associated features.
How to upload a premium WordPress theme
Once you have found the ‘theme.zip’ file, you need to go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme. Then, simply select the ‘.zip’ file and upload it. The process after this is the same as the free theme. So, you will still need to activate the theme in order to use it.
Depending on the features of the theme you have bought, there may be endless options to try out. Some themes even provide design demos. This means you can make your website look just like the example you liked when you bought the theme. To do this, you may need to install some premium plugins that give the website certain functions that were available in the demo.