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How To Install a WordPress Theme Demo

If you would like to test a template on your website, this guide will show you how to install a WordPress Theme Demo.

To learn more about themes, visit What’s a WordPress Theme? + The Steps To Select a Theme.

Before You Get Started: Revisions to your website, such as this process below, are considered major revisions. Please make a backup before you begin. This is very important and applies to your website if you:
  • Have a pre-existing website designed, saved, and unpublished.
  • Have a pre-existing website designed, saved, and published.

Important: If you have existing website content, make sure to back up your current site before importing the new theme demo. The new demo content may overwrite or disrupt your current layout and content. If you're not happy with the new demo, the backup will allow you to revert back to your prior theme and site version.

If you need help, check out Bluehost's blog: How Do I Back Up My WordPress Website?

What Is a WordPress Theme Demo?

A WordPress Theme Demo allows you to test a WordPress theme. Some WordPress themes have a demo version you can try out and see how the website could look like if you install and use that theme.

How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme Demo

  • Factors to consider. When selecting a WordPress theme demo, consider how well it aligns with your vision for your site. Look for themes that offer responsive design, compatibility with essential plugins, and customization options to tailor the site to your needs. Also, consider the theme's performance and speed because these can significantly affect your site's user experience and SEO.
  • Popular theme demos. There are countless WordPress themes available, but there are some that stand out for their quality and versatility. Examples include Astra, OceanWP, and Divi, which offer a range of demo content tailored to different niches like business, blogging, eCommerce, and portfolio sites. These themes are known for their ease of use, extensive customization options, and strong support communities.

How to Import Theme Demo Content

The first option is easy and will work if your theme offers this functionality. Please note that the process can differ on theme purchases but generally follows similar guidelines. We’ll use the Highend Multipurpose WordPress theme for this demo because it features one-click demo imports from the theme dashboard.

  1. Within the WordPress dashboard, find and click on the Highend tab (in the left-side menu).
  2. Select Import Demos.
  3. Browse available demos and click Import Demo on the one you want to import.
  4. Import and install the required plugins suggested by the theme. You may also need to activate the plugins depending on the theme.
  5. Import all suggested demo content. If you 're an advanced user, you can customize what content is imported.
  6. Wait for demo content to install, as this may take some time.

    Important: If the import process times out, please retry. But if the issue still persists after several tries, please refer here: WordPress Fatal error: Allowed memory size exhausted.

  7. If the import has successfully been installed, you may close the import window to return to the WordPress dashboard.
  8. Next, click the home link in the WordPress dashboard to preview your website and verify the WordPress theme demo content was successfully installed.

    Note: If you have chosen a theme with multiple demos, you can change your selection by going through the demo import process again.

  9. To start editing your site content and theme settings, you'll want to use the options in the WordPress menus located to the left.

Then, as simple as that, you'll have the full demo design installed on your website, ready for you to customize and replace the content with your own.

Note: Your chosen theme may not include a one-click demo import feature. No big deal! There is an option to import demo content manually. Please see below:


Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Import failures. If you encounter issues during the import process, such as timeouts or incomplete imports, try increasing the PHP time limit and memory limit in your hosting control panel or by contacting your hosting provider. Also, make sure that your PHP version is up to date.
  • Content mismatch. If the imported content doesn't look as expected, double-check that all required plugins for the theme are installed and activated. Some themes require specific plugins for full functionality. Consult the theme documentation or support forums for guidance.

Optimizing Your Site Post-Import

  • Performance optimization. After importing your demo content, optimize your site to ensure fast loading times. Compress and resize images, utilize caching plugins like WP Rocket or W3 Total Cache, and choose a reliable hosting provider known for good performance.
  • SEO best practices. Implement SEO best practices by using SEO-friendly permalink structures, optimizing your title tags and meta descriptions, and installing an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO or All in One SEO. These steps are crucial for improving your site's visibility in search engine results.

Updating and Maintaining Your Theme

  • Keeping your theme updated. Check for and apply theme updates regularly to benefit from the latest features, bug fixes, and security patches. Always backup your site before updating to prevent data loss.
  • Backup strategies. Implement a regular backup schedule using plugins like UpdraftPlus or BackupBuddy. Store backups in a secure, off-site location to ensure that you can easily restore your site if needed.


A WordPress theme demo allows you to test a WordPress theme and try it out. This can be useful to test a demo version to have an idea of what your website could look like if you install and use that specific theme. Remember, it is important to make a backup before you start, just in case you need to restore your previous website.

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You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.

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