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Changing themes, how to do it seamlessly? (9 posts)

  1. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm looking to change my theme but I don't know how to do it seamlessly. Once I activate a new theme, it'll take a while to customize everything. I was looking at some of the theme prevew plugins, but I don't know if this is what I need. Is it possible to customize a new theme and sidebar and plugins without affecting my current site and the theme, and how do I do that?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You could look at installing WordPress locally.

  3. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hmm. Will it be a one step process to change to that new theme, once I set it up?

    Themes are kind of tricky to me because I wouldn't know all the options until I activate it.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    If you install WP locally, you can play with as many themes as you like without impacting on your live site. Once you've customised a theme to your liking and you are happy that it is performing correctly, it's simply a case of uploading the theme folder to your site using FTP and then activating it as normal.

  5. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Can I copy my WP backup so that I can play with the actual data?

  6. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    So.. I imported my backup to my localhost. It turned my local WP control panel into my existing live one. I had to delete the database and start over.

    How can I import data without turning an account into the one imported from? I'm using WordPress Database Backup plugin to create my backup.

  7. L M
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Well, how can you import data, first? I am trying to follow this process here, and don't find how to import/export.

    ETA: Oh, DUH, wait. Found both. Sorry. Wenowreturntoourregularprogram.

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Install WP locally then export your live data and import it into your local install.

  9. nontechblogger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    esmi, I've been working on my new theme on my localhost and I just uploaded to my live site. When I look at it through Theme Test Drive, I don't see any of the customizations I've made. I took the theme folder under htdocs in xampplite in my C drive, where it told me to install WordPress. What am I missing???

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