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Changing from Lifestyle to Associate theme (7 posts)

  1. weekendwitch
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi - how simple is it realistically to change themes? How long would the process take, and would I have to re-do a lot of things?

    Associate theme looks very different to my current Lifestyle theme, and I am really a novice at WP and not teccie at all. So if it is a big job to transfer it over I probably won't go ahead.

    Thanks very much for your help

    Renée

    ps - I think I'm on version 3.1 but really not sure!

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    how simple is it realistically to change themes?

    Usually incredibly easy.

    How long would the process take

    Um - about half a second. Seriously - the space of time it takes to click "Activate" :-)

    and would I have to re-do a lot of things

    That's harder to answer. In many cases, no but in some cases, you may have to start re-tweaking some part of the site to suit your purposes. But, if you don't like the look of the new theme on your site., it's just a quick to activate your old theme again. and as all of your settings & content is stored in your database, everything will be back the way it was and no harm done.

    I think I'm on version 3.1 but really not sure!

    You can check via the Right Now pane of your Dashboard. Please do check asap. Using an older version of WordPress can leave your site open to hackers.

  3. weekendwitch
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Esme - thanks for replying so quickly.

    I've checked - I'm on version 3.3.2.

    You make it sound simple, but I'm scared!! Also, Associate is $80, which is a lot for me to spend if it doesn't work out and I revert back to Lifestyle.

    How would Associate know which pages and pic to pick up for the home page (the three boxes under the scrolling banner)? And would all my widgets transfer smoothly?

    Thank you :)

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Associate is $80, which is a lot for me to spend if it doesn't work out

    Why not experiment with a couple of good free themes first? Just so that you can get comfortable with switching themes before spending any $$.

    However, you really do need to upgrade WordPress before you do anything else. Not only is your site currently running a very real risk of being hacked by using an older version of WordPress, but any new theme you try (or buy) may actually be incompatible with your version of WordPress.

    How would Associate know which pages and pic to pick up for the home page (the three boxes under the scrolling banner)?

    It wouldn't. Any special theme features - like scrolling banners or homepage boxed areas - won't transfer from theme to theme. If the new theme supports similar features, they'll need to be set up again.

    And would all my widgets transfer smoothly?

    No - widgets have to be set up on a per-theme basis.

  5. weekendwitch
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks. My dashboard says that version 3.5 is available - should I just click on 'upgrade now'?

    thank you for your comprehensive answers :)

  6. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Read this first - make sure you do the full back-up step :)!

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Updating_WordPress

  7. weekendwitch
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you - I'll try at the weekend. If you hear very loud screaming or crying coming from London you'll know I've messed up...

    Thanks :)

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