Changing WordPress themes and tweaking different designs is a process tried by all those who have installed WordPress on their domains. Although, changing WordPress themes can help make your website look a lot better, however, the process of switching themes in WordPress can be frustrating. Therefore, in this blog post, I am going to show some ways that will help speed up the switching process and will certainly help you get better results.
When it comes to switching a WordPress theme, what I prefer is to setup a test blog. It has several benefits as you surely don’t want your users to experience difficulties while changes are being made. Therefore, setting up a test blog is the best way to make changes to the WordPress Blog. Moreover, it also provides you a real environment to test changes you are willing to make. All you need to do is to create a new folder and install a new WordPress Blog on it which takes no more than a few minutes. Make sure that you have robot.txt file with ping deactivated because you don’t want the test blog to be indexed by search engines.
Now, when you are done with setting up a new test blog, you can change the theme of your new test WordPress blog and try other modifications. Once the theme is transferred, start entering test posts and use all those options that you intend to use in a real blog post. Once you are done with the postings, check the site by visiting it through different browsers.
Go through the analysis and analyze your current blog and test blog. Most importantly don’t forget to check the test page loading speed because visitors give no importance to themes that looks magnificent but take long time to load. Therefore, make sure that your theme is loading promptly.
After analysis and testing, it’s time to apply new theme to the main website. Here you need to choose the best time when traffic is comparatively lower than any other time of the day. Don’t dump your previous theme unless the newer one runs smoothly for some time.
Install a new WordPress theme
In order to switch and install a new WordPress theme properly, just follow these simple steps below:
- Download the theme of your choice. Typically these themes are available in .zip format, so you have to extract them before you can move on to the next step. Skip this step if you have designed your own theme.
- Next you need an FTP client like FileZilla to connect with hosting account. Connect through FileZilla or any other client with your account and upload the theme to the wp-content/ directory.
- Finally you just need to apply the new WordPress theme. Simply log in through WordPress Admin Panel and go to the presentation tab. There you will be viewing the latest theme you uploaded on the hosting account. Simply click on it and your theme will get installed.
This is a three step tutorial through which you can switch WordPress theme within no time. Moreover, keep the tips in your mind while switching your WordPress theme and for more information visit: