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Revert to Original Theme (10 posts)

  1. rwncc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Installed WordPress through Bluehost and moved our website over from the previous host. I experimented with themes and installed Custom Community. How do I revert back to the original design that was on the previous host?

  2. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Dashboard --> Appearance --> Themes. Then click on the Activate link for the theme you want to activate (e.g. Twenty Eleven)

    HTH

    PAE

  3. rwncc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks, but the problem is that I want to restore the original design, which is not a WP template.

  4. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm not sure what you mean by 'WP template'. A template file in WP is a PHP/HTML file that lays out a particular kind of output, such as a header that appears on all (usually) pages, the footer similarly, and the sidebar, plus content templates for the different types of pages and posts that WP displays, like blog pages, the front page, category lists, single posts, single pages, archives and so on. So template files have names like header.php, footer.php, sidebar.php, single.php, page.php and so on.

    The design of the site is encapsulated in the theme. The theme is made up of all the site's template files and style sheets plus some extras like favicons and, often, images such as background images. If you use the same theme, you get the same 'design'. If you use a different theme you get a different design.

    So if you're using the same theme (or child theme) as you had in your previous setup, you will see the same things. That's assuming you've also ported any changes made to the theme: something that's not a problem if you've used a child theme.

    If you did use a child theme, you need to install both the parent and the child theme, obviously.

    HTH

    PAE

  5. rwncc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks, PAE, for your explanation. I should have said WP "theme". The site migrated over from the other server with all of its original design. I started experimenting with WP themes and now I can't get the original design back on the site.

    Again, thanks for your thoughtful and detailed explanation. I have much to learn.

  6. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sounds as though not everything was migrated or else the reconfiguration wasn't done properly after the migration.

    Do you know what theme was active on the original site; and what theme is active at the moment?

    Cheers

    PAE

  7. rwncc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Using Weaver 2.2.6, but have also played around with Red Shadow and Twenty Eleven.

    Thanks,

    rwncc

  8. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    When you reactivate Weaver, in what way is the 'design' different from what it was before?

    Cheers

    PAE

  9. rwncc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Totally different. We had a red, white and blue theme with our club's logo on the left sidebar. The Weaver theme has an wheat field image with an ivory/beige background and right sidebar.

    Regards,
    rwncc

  10. peredur
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    In that case, it looks as though somebody modified the theme in your old installation. I could be wrong, of course, but that's what it sounds like. If I'm right, unless you copied those changes over they are now lost to you.

    Do you have a copy of the theme's stylesheet from the previous installation? You'll probably need a copy of at least the header.php template as well and, for the logo, you would need to look where the template (header.php if your theme is a conventional one) thinks the image ought to be and then make sure it is, actually, there.

    If the changes were made in a Child Theme, of course, you just need a copy of the child theme's folder (and possibly some images as described above). Another argument for using a child theme instead of changing a theme directly.

    If you don't have these things, I'm afraid it's all going to have to be done again.

    HTH

    PAE

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