How to Properly Switch WordPress Themes on Your Site


How to Properly Switch WordPress Themes on Your Site
Odelia Arndt

If you are preparing to change your WordPress theme it can be a very easy process. There a just a few things you should keep in mind during this change process. In this video, we will show you how to properly switch WordPress themes.

How to Properly Switch WordPress Themes on Your Site
Eliana Ohara

If you are preparing to change your WordPress theme it can be a very easy process. There a just a few things you should keep in mind during this change process. In this video, we will show you how to properly switch WordPress themes.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

Start by creating a complete backup of your site

Next install your new theme under Appearance, Themes and Browse at the top

you can either upload a new theme or select from the theme directory

If you are searching then you can search by features

Or if you are uploading a zip file you can go to the top and click upload.

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Backup your site

http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/keep-your-wordpress-content-safe-with-backupbuddy/

Beginner’s Guide: How to Change a WordPress Theme
Sandra Gilbert

In a nutshell, the vast majority of your content will come through unscathed when you switch WordPress themes. But if you’re using any functionality that’s unique to your theme, rather than part of a plugin or the core WordPress software, you will probably lose those things when changing themes.

How To Safely Change Your WordPress Theme
Amira Kimmel

You can definitely do that. My recommendation would be to create a secondary database on your server instead. This way after you modify things on your localsite you can just import the database to your server, upload any images used in the local site to your live site uploads folder, search and replace any domain names like localhost to point to your actual server and any wp-content/uploads/ url’s to make sure any images inserted in the localhost are calling images correctly from the live site, then update you wp-config.php file to link to the new database. This way if there are any issues you can switch it back to the old one easily as opposed to deleting everything and migrating the local site. But of course it all really depends on how large the site is and how much is being changed. If you are only changing 5-10 pages, do it manually on the live site and just put a coming soon page for a couple days.

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