Top 10 Tips for Switching WordPress Template

Switching WordPress Template

From all the tasks in blogging, switching WordPress template can be the most time consuming task. Since switching template requires you to change your blog structure which will affect your current blog usability and effectiveness, especially in search engine.

Switching WordPress Template

In this post, I’ll cover most of the sections you should pay extra caution to when you (perhaps) want to switch template. You’ll need to test if this blog template is qualify enough to be your new blog template.

These tips can be used in every blog provider, but this post is created base on WordPress.

1. Single Post

The first thing you should check is how will the single post looks like. Does the blog post width/container looks enough for you? Will it cause your image in your previous post exceed the width/container?

Perhaps in your previous template, the single post show the author and post date, but not in the new one.

2. Search Result

After testing out the single page, you need to see how will the search engine in your template work. Try to type the keyword and see how the template show the result.

Some templates show the summary of a post, yet some template show the whole post.

3. Comment Form

As for the 3rd one, take a look into the comment form. Does it goes well in term of color and unity of the blog? Does the comment form requires signup before commenting?

If you like Gravatar, perhaps you need to see if the comment form support or use Gravatar in it.

4. HTML Structure

If you have tested out all the things above, the next one is to take a look at its HTML structure. As for me, I only need few H tags , H1 tag which is my blog post title and H2 for the blog post sub heading and H3, H4 for rest.

Some template makes the blog post title as H3 which makes them less important. So pay extra attention to the blog post title. Read more about Header Structure in this post .

5. List, Quote, Bold, Emphasis, and Link

Create a post and see how it looks when you quote, list, link, and emphasis the text in your blog post. Perhaps in your previous template you used a quote and it turn out very cool. But you won’t know how it will look like in the new template. So test them out.

6. Testing in Browser

Test your new template in every browser you know. At least, try it on Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer ( Edge ). Since most of the people use Mobile phone web browsers, you might consider testing your new template in Mobile Browsers.

7. Update Tracking Code

I guess you’ve decided to use this new template after testing it for few hours. Wait, it is not done yet. Do you use any service to track your website? Something like Google Analytic which requires your to insert a short meta before your close body tag?

If yes, copy those code from your old template and paste it in your new one.

8. Update Meta Tags and Description

For WordPress user, this one can be updated using All in One SEO Plugin. If by some chance you do this manually, all you need to do is to copy and paste it into your new template.

9. Check for Broken Links

It is almost done, the last step is to check if your new template has any broken links. I use xml-sitemap-generator to check the broken links and it works well everytime I need to check for broken links.

10. Controlabilty in Design

This one is for WordPress user, in the setting and template design. Web designer always differentiate between the section with its own PHP file. Check them out to see if it is clear enough for you to understand.

Some of them use navigation.php to let you know their function and banner.php for template which use banner.

Template is not just a template, sometimes it can improve your blog but sometimes it can give you headache if you’re not doing it carefully. So make sure that ,everything goes well when Switching WordPress Template.

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