Step 1: Download The Theme & Locate Total.zip
If you already downloaded the theme after you first purchased it, you may have a file called something like “themeforest-6339019-total-responsive-multipurpose-WordPress-theme.zip“. If that is the case be sure to extract the zip file and inside it browse to Installable-Theme/Total.zip. The Total.zip file is the one you want to upload to WordPress.
If you did not download the theme after purchase then you will want to log into ThemeForest and go to your “downloads” and download the “Installable WordPress file only” zip file as shown in the screenshot below. You don’t have to worry about the documentation because that is all online here!
Step 2: Make sure WordPress Is Up To Date!
The total is a powerful theme and makes use of all the latest WordPress functions to ensure the theme is coded as best as possible and is highly optimized, please make sure WordPress is fully up to date before installing the theme!
You should ALWAYS be running the latest version of WordPress anyway because otherwise, you put your whole site at risk for potential threats. Never use an outdated version of WordPress!
Step 3: Install Via WordPress or FTP
Now that you made sure WordPress is up to date you can go ahead and install the theme and there are 2 methods for doing so: via WordPress or via FTP. If you are working with WordPress and buying themes you should pretty much know how to install a theme, but below are some screenshots just in case you don’t know how!
Install Via WordPress
Log into your WordPress website and browse to Appearance > Themes
Next, browse for the zipped theme file you downloaded from ThemeForest (make sure you have downloaded the “Installable zip” as this is what you would upload to WordPress. If you downloaded the whole package be sure to extract it and locate the theme which is inside the “Installable Theme” folder and is called “Total.zip”).
Once WordPress has unpacked and installed the theme, just click to activate it.
Install Via FTP
Your second installation option is to upload the theme via FTP. For this method first, log into your site via FTP and browse to your folder located at wp-content/themes. Unzip the theme file you downloaded from Themeforest and upload only the extracted Total folder to your server.
Next, log into your WordPress site and navigate to Appearance > Themes to activate Total.