The Drupal content management system is one of the most efficient ways of creating and managing the content of the websites. It provides with various tools that can be used effectively for making your website look much more impressive.

The Drupal Hosting UK also becomes very efficient through the management of personal and business websites, personal or corporate blogs; the Drupal system is also used for business collaboration and knowledge management. The look of any website mainly depends on the theme used in it, here is the complete process of installing impressive themes through Drupal.

1. Download The Respective Theme

You can download the the theses that you like from the official Drupal website; they can also be downloaded through some external sites. It is very important to make sure that the theme matches the version of Drupal that you are using. The themes that are labeled “DEV” are in a development stage; they maybe used for a previous/current/future version of Drupal, these themes are considered to be unstable and must be handled with care.

2. Extract The Files

Once you have decided on the particular theme, it will be displayed in a compressed file format like – ‘tar.gz’. You can use a program like 7-Zip to extract it on Windows. In case of the Mac operating system, the Stuffit Expander can be used. In order to extract the file through the Unix command line, the following command can be used:
tar -zxvf themename-drupalversionnumber.tar.gz
This will display a list of files extracted into a folder.

3. Upload The Folder

Copy, SCP or FTP your files to the respective themes folder in your Drupal installation. Since the themes folder present at the top level of Drupal is typically reserved for the core themes of Drupal, it is important to create a sites/themes directory and then the uploaded themes can be put there. In case you are running the multi-site installation on Drupal, you can create a themes folder in sites/ and add the themes there that are specific to a particular website in your installation. Themes that are supposed to be shared between all sites must be placed in sites/all/themes.

4. Go Through The Directions

If the theme contains the installation file it will be specified as INSTALL.txt and/or README.txt, go through it for knowing the specific instructions. There are various themes that require special treatment in order to function properly.

5. Enable The Theme

Go to administer > site building > themes. Now check the box named ‘Enable’ that is present next to the theme.

6. Make It Active/Default Theme

This is an optional step. In order to set the theme as Active/Default check the ‘default’ box and then this theme will be set for your website. This action will also enable the users to select the theme, if you have granted the permission.

7. Save The Theme

The theme can be saved by clicking on the ‘save configuration’ button at the bottom.