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As you're working throughout your WordPress Multisite environment, you may notice that you need to enable a theme on a specific site that doesn't need to be enabled for the rest of the sites on your network. This could be because you only have a license to display this theme on one site, or you just want that site to have its own look and feel, independent on the others. In this movie we'll be taking a look at how to enable a theme on a site-specific basis. In order to do that, you have to be logged in as the Network Admin. And once you're inside of the Network Admin Dashboard, you go over to the left and choose Themes.
Once you select Themes, choose Add New. I'm going to search for a magazine theme and click Search. Once I've find the theme that I want, in this case it's called Cover WP, I'll click the Install button. Once I hit Install Now, that theme is now installed inside of my Network Installation. Normally, I would choose Network Enable for this theme, but in this case I only want to apply it to one site in my network. So I'm not going to click Network Enable. That's very important.
In order to enable this for one specific site, I need to go up to the My Sites section of my Admin panel, choose Network, and then select Sites. Once I get to the Sites section of my Network Admin panel, you'll notice that I have a new site called Magazine. This is the site that I want to enable this one particular theme on. So I'm going to choose Edit. Once I'm taken into the Edit screen, you'll notice you have several parameters that you can change on this particular site. Stuff like the Domain, the Path, when it was Registered, when it was Last Updated, and also various Attributes there at the bottom.
You'll also be able to change things like the Users, change the Theme, and also edit the Settings. In this case, we're going to be working with the Themes section. So go ahead and click on the Themes tab. Once you've clicked the Themes tab, you'll notice that you have a list of the available themes that you have. In this case, the only theme that has not been enabled network wide is the Cover WP. So once I click Enable, that theme has now been enabled for that one particular site. However, once you enable it for that site it doesn't make it the active theme.
You have to go into the site's dashboard and activate the theme yourself. So let's go back up to My Sites, find the Magazine site, and open up the Dashboard. Once I'm inside the Dashboard for that Magazine site, I need to find the Appearance tab on the left and select Themes. Once I'm inside the Themes section, you'll notice that the two themes that I network activated, Modularity and Side Blog, are listed at the bottom. I've also got Cover WP. This is only enabled for this one particular site.
This is the site I want to put it on, so I'll click Activate. Once it's activated, I can go and visit that site, and you'll notice that it's no longer appearing as the default 2011 theme. It now has that magazine theme enabled and it's active. Let's close this up and close up the Dashboard for that site. Now I'm back inside of my Network Admin panel. Let's go back to My Sites and let's view the tutorial site that I created earlier. If I visit that dashboard and take a look at the Appearance tab and select Themes, you'll notice that that Cover WP theme is not available here.
That's because I only enabled it for that Magazine site. If I want to network enable that theme, all I have to do is go back to the Network Admin Dashboard, choose Themes > Installed themes, find the theme that I want to network enable, and click Network Enable. Once I do this, that theme will be available to all sites in my network. But I don't want to do that, and in many cases, you won't either. You either have a license to only put it on that one site or you just want that site to have its own distinct look and feel.
Either way, now we can see exactly how easy it is to enable themes on a site-by-site basis here inside of WordPress Multisite.
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