In a previous post, I recommended 5 free WordPress themes for your consideration.
Depending on how complex the setup of the theme, you may need to ‘close’ your blog down for a short while. Use the Under Construction plugin if you need to do that.
However, some themes may be more complicated and may take you days to set it up. During these few days, you do not want to lose your readers by showing them an ‘Under Construction’ blog.
Here’s how you can test out a new WordPress Theme without affecting your blog
1. Use a free WordPress.org account
The trick is to NEVER test it using your main WordPress blog.
Instead, create a free blog at WordPress.org, install the theme there and test it out there instead.
This will ensure that your main blog continues to function while you are planning the refurbishment of your blog. It will also prevent the loss of readers.
Do note that not all themes can be installed in the free WordPress account.
2. Create a subdomain
For the themes that cannot be tested on a free WordPress.org account.
An alternative is to create a subdomain and install WordPress in your subdomain. You can do this via your hosting account.
Refer to the following support articles on how you can create a subdomain:
- Bluehost: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/274
- Hostgater: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/cpanel/please-read-before-creating-a-subdomain
Login to your subdomain and test your new theme there.
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