5 Things To Do Before Changing Your WordPress Themes
Today we are discussing about what are the things you need to do before changing or editing your WordPress theme. Editing or changing WordPress Themes can be a real failure if you aren’t careful.
One of my friend recently spent 3 days trying to fix one stupid mistake he made because he hadn’t implemented these tips. We never think we’re going to screw things up but we definitely do from time to time.
Here are 5 tips to remember when editing or changing WordPress Themes, unless you want to lose your mind in frustration.
Tips You Need to Know Before Changing WordPress Themes
# Back Up You Contents
I don’t care what you use or how you do it but make sure you back up your stuff. This means database and files. You never know when you’ll need it but you definitely don’t want to need it when it’s not there! There are plug-ins to help you do this. Save it on your hard drive or external device for even safer keeping.
# Disable plugins
Save yourself the trouble of having to fiddle around with configurations and settings after updating WordPress by disabling your plug-ins before you update. This won’t mess them up, you can re-activate them after your successful update. Keeping them activated can cause malfunctions and even more so if you mess things up more by trying to fix it.
# Test Your Site Loading Time
Use Google page speed to test your site’s load time. There are many things that can affect the time it takes to load your site. Settings of plug-ins can affect your site’s speed sometimes. If you are in question of how much a plug-in slows down your site, analyze your speed before activating the plug-in and again after you’ve activated it and compare. You get a score out of one hundred and you also get specific suggestions based on your site on how to improve your speed.
# Use a child theme!
I didn’t really understand the concept of this until I tried to use a child theme after I had already finished editing my WordPress theme the way I wanted it. The purpose of this is to customize your site without changing any of the original theme files which means that you will be able to update that theme with no complications or differences made to your site. If you tweak your site without using a child theme and then update that theme your customizations will be gone and you will have to do them all over again. By using the child theme your alterations will stay intact and you’ll get the updates you need. Use your child theme from the beginning if you can, it’s much easier to start this way than to add a child later. It’s really not that hard, you can find great instructions for setting up a child theme and just go step by step. It will save you time in the long run.
# Set up a test page
Set up a test page for tweaking and really digging into the basics stuff when editing WordPress. Using a child theme will prevent you from losing your theme alterations after an update but it doesn’t prevent you from screwing things up in general. Tweaking and learning how to do things to your site is best done on a test site you’ve set up first. Once you’ve mastered it, duplicate what you did on the test site on your live site. That way you won’t get into a problem that you don’t know how to fix and ruin your live site.
I hope these Tips will be helpful to you. Don’t forget to use the comment box for your valuable comments…At last have a nice day…