5 Things You MUST DO Before Changing WordPress Themes
Sometimes, we need to change our Wordpress theme, but we got afraid of whether it will affect other aspects of the website.
Actually, changing a theme can cause you some trouble if you don't follow some important steps to ensure not lose your data or content.
Here, we will give you a checklist of the most important things to do before changing your WordPress theme:
1- Take a note of all code snippets you wanna add
You can customize your recent theme by adding code snippets that add extra features to your website.
However, you may lose them if you change the theme.
To avoid that, you have to make a note of each one, so you can add them later, or use a plugin called site-specific plugin or a code snippets plugin for adding snippets.
2- Compare the performance of your site Before and After
The goal of changing the theme is to enhance your website. However, this must not affect the current performance. Therefore, you must measure the Current Theme Performance and speed before changing your theme and after that, so you can compare them.
You must make sure to use a faster theme. and not a slower one to not lose your performance and ranking
3- Copy the tracking codes from your WordPress
Most of us add codes in the theme like analytics tracking code, Adsense and more.
Make sure to copy these codes before changing the themes, so you can add them after that.
4- Back Up to save your data before changing your theme
In general, we recommend backing up your data and content on a regular basis. Moreover, it is essential to back up everything in your website including pages, posts, media, plugins and all other databases before changing your theme.
5- Use the Maintenance Mode on your WordPress
When changing your theme, your WordPress will look so weird and damaged. This would give your visitors a bad idea about your business. You can avoid that by putting your website into maintenance mode till you finish your work.
In this way, they will know that the website is just in maintenance and will go live again.
For the maintenance mode, you can use the SeedProd plugin.
Moreover, you can put a note telling your visitors when the site will be available.