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Activating and editing a new theme without causing problems (2 posts)

  1. cdffit
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am a novice and I do not know php, html or any other language so please give me simple instructions as if you are speaking to an idiot.

    I am using the Pretty Parchment theme and I would like to change themes. Now that I have installed the new theme, I want to activate it but, I don't want to cause causing viewing problems for my website since it's going to take me about a week to create a new website.

    Also, I'm not sure if the only option is to display an 'under construction' page while I'm editing my new theme. If so, how do I replace the old theme and website with an 'under construction' page?

  2. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You could work on the new site on your local machine -- see the Codex on Local Host installs.

    I did this before I had a server based site and it worked perfectly the first time around -- on a Mac using MAMP, but there is a Windows version called WAMP.

    There is also a forum specifically for local host topics if you are interested in doing that.

    There are also ways to set up a development site on a server -- you should talk to your hosting company about that option.

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