A Guide to WordPress Re-Theming

A Guide to WordPress Re-Theming




While switching from one WordPress theme to another is just as simple as a single click, one might bump into a bit of a trouble if your blog is heavily customized and you want all that to reflect in the new theme as well.


This is more of an issue for blogs who are running AdSense (or any other contextual advertising campaign) because it might affect your clickthroughs while in the transition state. Rain recently has some problems with his WP re-theming and while I am helping him out to find a fix for it, I thought of some few ideas which might help everyone out there if they plan to switch themes smoothly.

Preparation Stage:


 

  • Install a WP Backup Plugin. I recommend Ryan Boren’s WP One-Click Backup v1.5 here.
  • Install the WP Theme Switcher. Don’t forget to add the “get_theme_switcher()” function in your current theme. Place it somewhere nobody else can see so you’ll be the one who’d be able to switch themes publicly.
  • As a precautionary measure (redundancy), do a cPanel home backup or export your WP DB via phpMyAdmin.

Transition Proper:

  • Instal the new WP theme but don’t activate it. Activate the WP Theme Switcher and switch to the new theme with that. You will be viewing the new theme while the rest of the world will still see the old one.
  • Edit the templates of the new theme including the css.
  • Do not overwrite old images like headers or logo. Just create a new folder and place them all there or use new names for them.
  • Copy over the hacks, custom scripts or code snippets from the old theme to the new one.
  • If you need to edit the .htaccess (for some new rewrite rules), make a backup of the old one. In case you made a mistake, you can revert back immediately.
  • Check, check and check if you missed something.

Post-Transition Cleanup:

  • Activate the new theme.
  • Disable Theme Switcher.
  • Grab a beer and celebrate!

Following these steps, I’d say you’d most likely get zero downtime. If you have some additional tips or suggestions for the above, feel free to leave a comment.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

You may also like...

6 Responses

  1. jangelo says:

    I had a field day when I switched the J Spotter to my new custom theme (by Avlack) from plain old Kubrick (which I still love because of the simplicity). We did the CSS and PHP script manipulation manually, but the end result justifies the effort.

  2. AntySPAM says:

    Esli Vy chitaete eto soobshenie znachit vasha gostevaya, forum ili blog popali v spamerskii spisok rassylok. Chtoby udalit’ svoi resurs iz etogo spiska prishlite ego url na email: [email protected] Eto v vashih zhe interesah. Vse eshe mozhno popravit’. Nam nuzhny tol’ko zabroshennye resursy. Esli vash eshe razvivaetsya – my ostavim ego v pokoe.

  3. Hey I love your article I though I would allege Ive been a phone sex person for a long time and love the business you can check me at . Im forever online there and love to delight and flirt.. Keep up the posts I like talking about this stuff.

  4. It’s appropriate time to make a few plans for the longer term and it’s time to be happy. I’ve learn this publish and if I may I want to suggest you few fascinating issues or tips. Perhaps you can write subsequent articles relating to this article. I desire to learn more things approximately it!

  5. Very well written information. It will be supportive to everyone who employess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – for sure i will check out more posts.

  6. Samira says:

    Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book oor guesst authoring
    on other websites? I havfe a blog centered on the same information you discuuss and would
    love to have you share some stories/information. I know myy subscribers would enjoy your work.

    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Open

Close