Does Your Blog Need a Brand Makeover?
You should update the look of your blog or website every few years to keep it looking fresh. That does not mean you have to do a complete re-do, but with WordPress themes, you can get a new look with a little work.
How To Update Your WordPress Theme
Creating a web site is time consuming, and sometimes very expensive. Perhaps you have had the same WordPress template for years, and it is full of custom content. Maybe you created child pages for the site. If you have spent time and money creating your site, you need to be sure the new investment of a template update will pay off.
The thing about WordPress is that it is much easier to do a live update, than it is to do an offline update. So, you need to be prepared. However, if you want to do an offline update and you have the skills, go to the bottom of this post and follow the link provided to the WordPress help page.
10 Things You Should Do Before You Update your WP Template:
- Check the review of the new template. Have others used it? Do an online search to see what kind of comments the template has out there.
- Read the “details” of the template.
- Is it SEO friendly?
- Is the design “responsive” (you need this for mobile friendly viewing)?
- How many menus are supported?
- Is it social media ready?
- Does it come with Jetpacks?
- Is it highly customizable?
- See if the theme was created for you use. Is this a news, magazine, travel, photography blog template? You can be creative, but usually it is best (and less work) if you use a theme that was created for the purposes you need.
- Once you have found the right template, download it – but DON’T INSTALL IT.
- You can play with the new template in “preview” mode. So, see how your blog or web site would look with this new template. It is sort of like trying on new clothes before you actually buy them. Does it look great? Do you love it? If not, forget it, it will create more work than it should. Find a template that easily converts you content.
- Check the menus to see if the navigation is still working correctly.
- Check the widget areas to be sure you have the space you need.
- Try adding your background photo, header image, or logo (usually available in preview mode) to determine what type of images you will need to get the homepage looking great in a short time.
- Back up you current web site before installing the new template.
- When you are all set, click the “save and install” button displayed in the preview mode of the new template.
Do you want to develop your site offline? Check out this link: WordPress Offline Editor. https://WordPress.org/support/topic/offline-theme-editor.