Installing Salient WordPress Theme

This is actually not hard – and can be done from the WordPress Dashboard. Apparently lots of us stumble on this point, because it is listed as a FAQ on the support site. If you just fly by the seat of your pants on this and try to upload the themeforest zip – you will get an error “no style sheet” – and think: “…oh, oh. I’ll have to go through the back-door (ftp)”.

Not true :) Listen up!

Download your new Salient Theme (after purchase) and save it somewhere you will remember on your hard drive (or equivalent).

Un-zip the downloaded zip file remembering the location you have chosen.

Within that first downloaded zip file, you will find all the Dummy Data you need, — and — another Salient zip file!

Couldn’t be easier. Go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Appearance >> Themes >> Add New (at the top of the Themes page).

Upload the zip that was within the original ThemeForest zip file ( and you will see Salient appear as an installed theme.

If you took the time to cruise the Salient Demo, you will know what type of Dummy Data will prove helpful. Dummy Data is merely properly set up “place-holders” that are especially useful if you are setting up this Theme for a new blog. Dummy Data may help you understand how the Theme works and/or how to achieve the look you wanted from the Demo.

If you liked the Ascend version of Salient, you will need to install the Ascend Child Theme.

Well that’s enough for today. Be sure to check out the Salient tutorials for set up, and the helpful PDF instructions (salient-user-guide) included in the original downloaded zip-file.

2 thoughts on “Installing Salient WordPress Theme

  1. I am designing a site for a customer who will take control of the site after I am finished designing it. Should he purchase the theme and send me the zip file or can I have the ability to transfer the theme to him after I design his site if I purchase it instead of him?

    1. I usually allow the client to buy the theme and give me the log-in to download it. Envato also offers its own WordPress plugin to help you keep the theme updated. Getting the API connected, etc., is just easier if you can log into Envato Market yourself. Afterward, your client can change their password.

      You can also work with the zip file. That is a clean way to upload the theme as well.

      I am not sure how Themeforest works if you want to transfer the license. A look at their Forums might help you out there. I have just found it easier to work with the Envato login or the zip file.

      Hope that helps!

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