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For the next step, you need to log in to the WP Admin (by going to http://yoursite.com/wp-admin) and navigate to Appearance. This will take you to the main Manage Themes page in the admin panel:

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Current Theme

WordPress Default 1.6 by Michael Heilemann

The default WordPress theme based on the famous Kubrick. All of this theme's files are located in /themes/tiefault. Tags: blue, custom header, fixed width, two columns, widgets

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TTie original WordPress theme that graced versions 1.2.x and prior.

Corporate

The Corporate worcfpress theme. Cross-browser, XHTML Strict vl.0 and CSS 2.1 valid. Great for businesses, corporate blogs and web sites. Comes with customizable intro text, for information

WordPress Classic

TTie original WordPress theme that graced versions 1.2.x and prior.

Tags: mantle color, variable width, two columns, widgets

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WordPress Default

Tite default WordPress theme based on the famous Ku brick.

Tags: blue, custom header, fixed width, two columns, widgets

This page shows you, under Current Theme, information about the theme you are currently using. This includes the theme's title, designer, version, and details. Below that, under Available Themes, it shows you all of the available themes you have in your WordPress installation. I've got just the three themes we saw in the file list on my server: Classic, Default, and the new one I just uploaded — Corporate.

Whenever you add a new theme in the themes folder, you will find it on this page. If you upload a defective theme, it will show up in a new list at the bottom of the page with a note saying that the theme is missing some required information.

When you click on the thumbnail of any of the available themes, you'll get a preview of what it will look like on your site. When I click on Corporate, I see this:

A preview of my own content within the new theme shows up here. It's not activated yet; this is just my chance to be sure everything looks right. If I like it, I can just click on the Activate "Corporate" link at the top right. If I don't like it, I can click on the little x at the top left. Once I activate it, Corporate becomes my selected theme. When you activate your new theme and point your browser to your WordPress website, you'll see that the new theme has been applied.

You can even install a plugin that lets users switch between installed themes. You can get it here: http://plugins.trac.wordpress.org/wiki/ThemeSwitcher.

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