Will I Lose Content Changing my WordPress Theme?

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Will I Lose Content Changing my WordPress Theme?

Will I Lose Content Changing my WordPress Theme?

Hey y’all welcome to another WordPress
Wednesday! My name is Kori Ashton here in
San Antonio, Texas. It is another great day to talk about
WordPress nerdy stuff. As most of you know though I gotta give
a shout out to my Seahawks because they’re doing okay this season. Alright lets get right to it, y’all. I got a great comment today off of our YouTube channel and this is a
way that you can get your questions answered just by commenting on one of our videos
or maybe sending us a tweet. Pamela here says, “Thank you great themes
when changing from one theme to the next, what happens to the content on your
website?” “How to save content?-I would hate to
change the theme and my content disappears.” This might seem like a very basic beginner
level question. That’s okay. This channel covers everything from total
basic beginner questions about WordPress all the way up to crazy advanced
“nerd-coding” stuff. PHP loops and JavaScript and all that kind
of fun stuff. Stick around. Be sure to subscribe if you
like WordPress, nerdy stuff. We talk about it every single Wednesday. I’m going to answer that quick question
for Pamela. Let’s take a look over here. I’ve got a fake sight that I play around
with. You can see here that I’ve got a post in
here for testing. We’ve got the “Hello world”- which is the
default post. You can see our footer down here is: Categories, Recent Posts, Recent Comments,
Archives and Meta. You know right away (if you know anything
about WordPress) that this is one of the default themes. This is the
Twenty Thirteen theme. You can see that I’ve already started
building some things. I’ve already assigned the menu to appear up here. So how do we change our theme without
losing content? I’m going to go ahead and show you what
happens when you change a theme. Just simply by clicking “activate” on a
different theme. It’s automatically going to switch which
ones I’m using. I’m going to come back here to the front
side of my website and click “refresh.” Here’s what I want you to see. The name
of my website stays the same. You see? “DipandDo” for my doggy daycare. “DipandDo” just another WordPress site. But my menu just changed. These are not my three
menu items that I had created. Then everything’s different here. All my stuff that was maybe in my footer
is now in my right sidebar over here. I have no footer. So here’s the difference. What you want to do is take a look at the
theme that you’re trying to switch to and kind of see how that author has
reallocated things. All of your core content- your pages and
your posts will all stay the same. Any of your slideshows that you might’ve
made inside of like a Revolution Slider. As long as the plug-in did not come with
the theme you’re letting go of all your content should be sitting there. What might kind of displace and you’ll
have to reassign would be anything running in
your sidebars. So, your widgets living in your sidebar or perhaps your footer and then your menu across the top might
have to be reassigned. All the content should hopefully
be sitting there. So what you’d want to do is go into your
“menus” area and there is our menu that we had assigned
on the last theme. You would just want to select
“Primary Menu” and click “save.” So that now when you come back to the
front side (go back up to the top)- now it has our three options across the
menu bar. Then you’d want to go into your widgets
area and reallocate how you’d want that to sit
inside your sidebar because that’s how this particular theme
uses those widget boxes. Again, all of your content sitting here.
Here’s my “Another Post for Testing.” There’s that content. Here’s “Hello world!” which is the default
post that comes inside of any theme. I’m sorry, inside of an “out of the box”
WordPress theme. So that kind of gives you an idea of what
you can do and what you can’t do. Here’s what I’m going to suggest though. Before you do anything is be sure that you
have a backup in place of your Website. If you don’t know how to do that, I’ve
already created a video. I’ll put the link right here for you. Click on that. Go figure out how to do a
backup of your website so that if anything goes weird or “wonky,” you’re able to roll the website back very
easily without loosing anything. I hope this helps. I know it was a quick
video but I hope it helps. Next time you’re looking for something
having to do with WordPress “nerdiness,” be sure to checkout our channel. We’ll see you next week. Bye Bye. Thanks
Pamela for the question!

57 thoughts on Will I Lose Content Changing my WordPress Theme?

  1. The real problem comes from some themes that way overuse widgets potentially. I've seen some themes built off of frameworks like Headway where literally all the content on some pages is in themes since they can effectively widgetize the entire page.

  2. Hi Kori Ashton,
    I watched your videos and I loved it and more than that I learnt from your short videos. Thanks for those videos. But I have a problem in my website. I added my website to the search console and I am getting HENTRY ERRORS. I have read many blog posts related to this problem but I have noticed many people are talking about adding a shortcode in the theme functions.php file. So I am confused because I don't know the exact spot to add that shortcode to remove the hentry errors. I am using DIVI theme to my website. Please tell me how to remove the hentry errors from the pages like for example, in about page, in contact page etc and from blog posts too. Please make a video on this issue and I will very grateful to you.
    Thank You.With regards, Arjunan KS

  3. I just found your channel and love it!!! Do you have a video on how to put social media badges on your blog? I copied the code instagram offers into my sidebar and now see the badge and the link works but it's in the default blue colour and I want it pink and generally a little nicer looking if possible.

  4. Hey there, i just changed my theme but i hited a problem, i added megaresponsive theme and the side menu bar showing corectly in the left of the page but when i open webside from tablet that bar menu goes on top and cover some lines of my last post and top footer from the right.
    Is there any solution how can i fix this?

  5. Please help me understand what happened to my customization section. I'm using the Blizlight theme on WordPress.org It won't allow me to edit anything.

  6. I need a help madam. I have a website of job board. I have jobera theme. I have attached woo-commerce store with jobera theme.
    I don't know what happen
    I want to show Pricing table on front page but it is not showing up but at the back end it is showing.
    Please help me out.

  7. hello please i want to uninstall my current theme and reinstall if will i loose my files??

  8. Hello
    How did I save my wordpress theme if I uninstalled wordpress from c panel and then installed it again so
    please guide me

  9. how to active my wordpress theme via cPanel? I want to activate not upload…
    i want to activate my theme which is uploaded and it's via cpanel.

  10. Kori … I switched my WordPress website theme to Sungit Lite. All my content remained in tact. However, the website cover did not switch to Sungit Lite. The text I wrote for the Cover populated just fine, but the image in the Sungit Cover did not transfer. How do I get the Sungit Lite Cover Image to attach to my site? Thanks!

  11. Hi, How to change the Newspaper 8 or Newspaper 8+ (install demo ) theme to other theme without loosing any content and data.

  12. I have installed my new theme on WordPress. I have content drafted, and the menu done. However, I don't know how to get my content onto my site now. All the sample content is showing. Please help. I dont have the money to pay someone to upload my content.

  13. HI. I tried installing the woocommerce. I did say my theme was not compatible. I changed the coding (through the file zip) and tried installing the woocommerce plugin. I still got the same message saying it is not compatible and my items from my cart disappeared completely. Can you please advise. Do I need to change the theme completely? I am using the Responsive Shop Theme.

  14. Do you recommend picking a WordPress theme that u can stay with for good before taking ur website live? Or is it okay to go with a placeholder theme just to get the website up and going quickly and then come back later when u have time and perhaps look for a more unique theme?

  15. But what happens when you reinstall the same theme. Whether original things come again.
    Like I have developed a site with abc theme then changed to xyz theme and again changed to abc theme. So, what happens in that scenario without making any changes in xyz theme.
    Please Reply when you are free. Thank You!

  16. Hi, Kori. so helpful video. Congratulations – what a great job. I would be happy if you could also share some links with good and well-developed travel blog wordpress themes? Thanks a lot in advance 🙂

  17. When I tried this, all of the page content was missing. I tried several different themes using the preview option with the same results each time. Now, my website is a WP website but was built on Be Theme, which uses Muffing Group for the builder. Is this my problem or am I just looking in the wrong place for the content?

  18. I Changed My Theme And I don't Like it, Now I want my Previous Theme With Same Database How Could i do this ? Please help me

  19. Hey Kori! Just a clarification question: when you switch between themes to see how they work, do you lose the coding to switch things within the theme that you did on the previous theme? Thanks 🙂

  20. Hi Kori, many thanks for the tutorial. I'm trying to change the theme temporary, this is to spot a conflict between my plugins or the theme… the point is that after change to this new theme, I don't need to make changes in the content, so once that I test what I want to test… if I come back to my first template… will be exactly the same as I left it? Maybe is a silly question but I need your help 😛
    Thanks a million!

  21. Hi Kori– your channel has been MOST HELPFUL as a wpbeginner. Let me say thank you for that. I'm was about 3/4 into finishing my site when a plugin (caching one at first) totally wreaked havoc on my site and ability to log into my admin panel. I worked feverishly overnight trying to suss the issue out but I'm still having issues with adding plugins. I won't use cache-plugins anymore (for now) but i'd like to add other optimizing plugins without constantly having to deactivate and/or delete. I'm using OceanWP. ElementorPro support says to change theme to Twenty-sixteen amongst other steps if I'm still having issues. There advice is 2yrs old should I still change the theme to one of their default themes? My issue is anytime I add a new plugin half of my site 'visually' disappears. I still have the content but I can't see it to edit. I'm really hesitant to switch themes so late in the game. Thanks in advance if you can shed light on this

  22. Hey, my current theme is compromised somehow and showing False on Theme menu, WP automatically chose a basic theme called Twenty Seventeen. For some reason when I go to pages I can still see my pages there, my photos are still in the gallery. Is there a way to move this data all over to the new theme? or I have to do everything back from scratch.

  23. Thank you!!

    I have got a very quick question related to the same topic, according to your video as soon as we click over the activate button the look of the site will go live and display all the disturbances made in the site to the public.

    Is there a way to build the new customised website on the background while having the existing website live and bring the new modified website to live only when it is 100% ready?

  24. will i lose subscribers changing my subscription form e.g change from contact form 7 to mailchimp on wordpress

  25. Hi Kori,
    Thank you for the great information. My wife is the President of the San Antonio Seahawkers Booster Club for the Seattle Seahawks here is Texas and we are building a new website for the booster club. The information is helping us now. Lori, you are more than welcome to join the group… Shane

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