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[Resolved] Working on another theme while keeping the current them up and running

  • Hello.
    I need to work on a website that already exists running WP. The client wants me to work on a new theme without putting the current one down. Once everything is nice and ready, we’ll substitute one for the other. How do I do that (work parallel on his new site)? Do I create a new folder on his FTP? Is so, where should I place it? – I’m new at this, so please bear with me. 🙂
    Thank you!

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  • you really have to create a separate installation of wordpress. It’s WP’s one major limitation — that you can’t assign a separate theme to a hidden page for the purposes of testing.

    Just install a separate install inside a sub-folder. Make sure you don’t reuse the same database though — need a separate one of those too!

    Thank you, peteratomic! Could you tell me how to do that? My client has only given me FTP access to his WordPress folder. I can’t go above it. Can I install the second one inside that WordPress folder and work from there? Can I create a “test” folder in there?

    When you say “client” and you ask a question like this, it really puts you in a awkward position. This is not what you wanna hear but please don’t take on jobs if you can’t deliver.

    As a person who’s is developing whatever it is that you are trying to develop, you should have your own production server and do everything there, not clients’ live site. That means separate installation of WP for each client on your OWN test server.

    I can’t find the plug in button on my admin tool bar Can anyone help?

    I agree, shirazdrum, but I’m just getting started with this and trying to learn everything the hard way. I’ll just do it on MAMP for now and then see how it goes. Thank you!

    @brandawp Learning the hard-way is a good thing as long as your client doesn’t suffer which ultimately will effect your own reputation. Take my advice and setup a website for yourself. Then create separate installations (or even a multi-install of WP) for your new clients and work from there. This way you won’t get screwed on payments and bad clients who refuse to pay you after you do all the hard work either.

    That goes without saying that before you even go on your own live server, you should develop locally first on your own machine.

    Best of luck to you.

    @shirazdrum Oh, I have my own website, but I dont’ have these separate installations, something I will definitely look into. I’ve been in graphic design for ten years now and have been learning webdesign on my own for a couple of months now. This client has paid me 40% upfront, so I think I’m good. 🙂 Thank you once again for your interest and attention. I’ll get there. 🙂 All the best to you.

    @brandawp If you have your own site so you definitely should look into multi-installation of WP. It will make your life a lot easier. This way you can have a client site up in just a minute or two.:)


    @shirazdrum That’s great! I’ll check it out right now. 🙂

    And there’s a plugin for that. Theme Test drive http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-test-drive/

    Oh, great, @aneez! Thank you. 🙂

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