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  • I’ve already gotten a site built, lots of information and so forth. But, The theme is making me crazy. I want to download a new theme and “start over.” Can I download a theme, start building it, then change to the new site? I didn’t build the first one; I’m not a designer. So, I know this is basic question, but I don’t want to download something and POOF! everything is gone.

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  • esmi

    (@esmi)

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    Can I download a theme, start building it, then change to the new site?

    Yes you can. But if you want to work on it locally, you will also need to install WordPress locally.

    I have wordpress installed. can i work on numerous sites with the one installation of wordpress. and how.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    You can only work on one standalone site, or theme, at a time but you can have as many themes installed as you want. If you want to work on more than 1 site, you’ll need to install a second copy of WordPress.

    or you can use multisite feature where one wordpress install and have multiple sites on same install using a domain mapping plugin for diffrent domain names.

    Thanks for the info. This is becoming clear.
    @esmi The link had information from 2005 and talks about WP 1.5.X. IS there any new info out there regarding local install of WordPress?

    @govpatel Is the domain mapping plugin the one that is $12 a year?

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    I don’t think anything significant has changed in terms of local installs.

    You can only work on one standalone site, or theme, at a time but you can have as many themes installed as you want. If you want to work on more than 1 site, you’ll need to install a second copy of WordPress.

    not understanding. I can have as many themes to a wordpress site installed as I want? with content? URL1 can have six themes?
    Not following.

    But, I digress.
    URL1
    URL2
    URL3

    How do I use WordPress 3.0.1 to build URL 2 and URL 3 while maintaining URL1.

    Do I need to download WordPress 3.0.1 for both URL2 and URL 3 separately?

    IF not, now do I use the existing online software to build URL 2 and URL 3.

    If I only need to download once for URL 2 and URL 3 so I can work locally then upload FTP, how do I do that?

    Those are the specific questions. Are there specific answers? Thanks for all your help/

    I see from the WordPress.org site that “3.0 allows for the management of multisites from one wordpress installation” but I have spent 30 minutes looking for the answer to “how.” Can you enlighten me? And, do I still need to download another copy in order to build the three sites locally or can I use the online copy that I am using for my site now to build the three offline sites?

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    A theme merely controls the display of your content. It does not store the content (your content is stored in your database).

    I currently have 2 local installs with a total of about thirty themes between them. Each local “site” is a separate install of WordPress (in my case, one is 3.0.1 whilst the other is the bleeding nightly alpha version).

    How do I use WordPress 3.0.1 to build URL 2 and URL 3 while maintaining URL1.

    If you want to simply develop themes or plugins, you only need a single install. You can then swap themes and plugins in & out as needed. If you want to build complete sites, you will need a separate install & database per site/url.

    Do I need to download WordPress 3.0.1 for both URL2 and URL 3 separately?

    See above.

    IF not, now do I use the existing online software to build URL 2 and URL 3.

    Develop the theme locally in your single install and then upload the theme to your live site.

    @jamesgangcreative You can find information on how to setup a multisite here

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

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