11 Things To Do Before You Change WordPress Theme

If you are a wordpress theme finder and got something incredible and planning to change your wordpress theme? It is not a big deal. Changing the wp theme is easy enough for a novice to do. However, lesser-known fact, especially to new WordPress bloggers, is that this mundane operation may lead to unthinkable circumstances. WordPress is not this simple CMS. You may lose important data you cannot afford to lose at any cost unless you take some precautionary steps before changing the WP theme.

Here is the reason behind this. WordPress themes differ a lot from each other in various aspects. Layout options, menus, functions can be 180 degrees opposite to one another.

In this post, we will tell you about 11 things you should do before you change wordpress theme of your blog or website. Otherwise, be ready for disaster.


1. Never Put Aside Your Sidebar & Widgets

Perhaps, sidebar is one of the most user-customized areas in wordpress website. May be it is so because sidebar widgets are very easy to use. Many people use it to customize sidebars. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that new theme is widget ready.

A lot of people add custom text, images, links and other widgets. One other common practice is to add advertisements in or outside the sidebar. In case your old wordpress theme was widget enabled and new is not, problems will surface. You can lose all your widgets. So take any measure to remember them. You should also remember that in case you have edited sidebar.php file. Those modifications will also completely disappear. Record them too.

2. Note Down Statistics of Current Theme

If you have been using old theme, there will be plethora of things that will be wiped out after the change. In addition, you also need to figure out if new theme works better or not. Note down the statistics.

Record every detail in it. This is essential for comparison. Very first thing you need to record is loading time.

Usually wordpress web master use Google to find out the solution of any problem they are facing. What happens in most cases is they get their solution in form of snippets or short codes. They have to add these snippets in wordpress files to solve the problem. There is zero probability of remembering these onetime changes. Therefore, you must go through all your theme files and record these changes. Perhaps, you will have to add them again after you change WP theme.

3. Ensure proper functioning of RSS

People usually use FeedBurner for their WordPress RSS feeds. It is very important to point out your default feeds to FeedBurner, when you integrate FeedBurner into WordPress. Many WP themes enable you to integrate FeedBurner from their settings panel. It is your responsibility to make it sure that feed stays directed to FeedBurner.

If you do not you may end up losing track of many subscribers because they were subscribed using the /feed/ url which no longer points to FeedBurner. Read this sentence again with total attention.

You will lose track of many subscribers, not the subscribers themselves. You will only be unable to see them in your FeedBurner account.

4. Do Not Forget To Back up Your Website

This point is important enough to be on first number. This is a basic precaution, which can save you from any impending disaster. It is always better to be safe than sorry. So ensure the back up of your files, plugins, database etc.

5. Remember the Tracking Code

Never forget to copy and paste tracking code to your new theme. It does not matter that which technique you are using for analytics.

6. Test Every Functionality including Cross Browser Compatibility & Plugins

It is the something you have to do, once you are done with changing theme. Question your performance in preserving all the functionality and plugins.

The notes you have taken would come handy now. You can use them to transfer functionalities. Test your website in all browsers.

7. Do Not Compromise User Engagement

Importance of user needs no introduction. They are the ones you make website or blog for.

If user visits during the procedure of theme change, nothing but broken links would be there to welcome him. You can avoid this by turning on maintenance mode. Do not forget to turn it off later, when you are done with changing.

8. Ensure Good Looks of Third Party Items

Changing theme, in most of the cases results in changing color scheme. Thing to note her is that, third party items will not lose their color. So do adjust them with your new color scheme somehow.

9. Remove Unwanted Plugins

WordPress theme bridge has some plugin, built-in by default. Check out which one do your new theme has. If anyone of them is already installed, delete it.

10. Check For Bounce Rate

You must have the old bounce rate in your record. Compare it with the new one after you change theme. In case it increments, you have to take action. Try adding related posts widgets or popular posts widgets for convenience of your readers.

11. Take Audience on Board About the Change

Right after you turn off the maintenance mode, write a quick blog post to let the users know about it. They may help you in catching bugs, by noticing things you have not noticed. It would also increase their trust.

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    Sir thank you I always follow your tips and thank you so much.

    • aThemeArt
      June 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm

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    August 12, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    How do i know that my current theme is better than previous one ? and thnx for the tips

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      August 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

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    September 1, 2019 at 11:46 am

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    September 2, 2019 at 10:46 am

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    September 20, 2019 at 6:43 am

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    October 13, 2021 at 11:52 am

    The checklist of 11 things you should consider before thinking about changing your WordPress theme: data backup, shortcodes, theme functionality and so on.

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