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Changing the Theme of Wordpress Site

Any steps I need to remember?

     
1:41 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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First time changing the theme of any of my sites. I am wondering if there's any steps I should consider

I know that I have to backup both the files and database first. No changes in URLs, just the design

Thanks for your tips.
1:29 pm on Oct 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Don't remove or modify the original theme while doing the upgrade. Install the new theme you want to work on and switch to it for testing. Then you can switch back to the old theme when you're done and still have a functioning website.
2:46 pm on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that reminder. It sure came in handy.

I first deactivated all plugins.

Then installed the new theme.

Apparently, the new theme has a whole different configuration from my current theme, and I have to set up the whole site differently. My homepage became "This is a Wordpress post. To edit this ..."

And I have to go through the individual posts again to reconfigure the photos, etc.

I'll change the theme, but only when I have the time to really work on it nonstop because it seems that I have to reconfigure the whole thing -- homepage, sidebars, design, etc. So I reverted back to my old theme in the meantime