Got to change the WordPress blog theme from time to time to keep it look fresh, else i’ll be bored to the same old look. Installing a new theme will not visually present properly right-away for my blog, because the blog is previously customized by editing the PHP files and CSS stylesheets according to my preferences. Means the more you edited previously, the more time you’ll need to work on new theme’s codes.
There are two methods that i done previously,
ii) install another WordPress on sub-domain, copy everything in another folder (which now a totally mess) and work over there, then copy the edited new theme files to the root folder.
Now, the 3rd method, easiest way that recently found is by install a WordPress plaugin “Theme Test Drive“. This is one of the coolest free WordPress plugin i ever used other than Crayon Syntax Highlighter.
To install the Theme Test Drive plug-in, head to links below,
After done installed, choose the new theme to edit and click “Enable Theme Drive” as image above. While Theme Test Drive is enable, the “current” theme will be set as default, stay untouch and display to visitors like it used to. Now, you can start messing with new theme’s codes without worry on affecting the “current” display.
Here are the modification can be made while Theme Test Drive enabled:
After done modification and satisfied with new look, disable “Theme Test Drive” and activate new themes at “Appearance”-> “Themes”. Do take note there will be 2 more left to touch up right after the new theme activated:
ii) Widgets – it will be empty, so you need to add-in desired widgets and arrange it at “Appearance” -> “Widgets”