In this lesson we'll cover what to do before considering switching over to Thrive Theme Builder.
Step 1: Make an inventory of what's currently on your site. The goal is to know what everything looks like and how to minimize possible issues.
- Headers: Super easy to recreate in Thrive Theme Builder thanks to the many pre-designed templates
- Footers: Super easy to recreate in Thrive Theme Builder thanks to the many pre-designed templates.
- Single Post
First you want to have a look at your current single post template (the one that shows on all of your standard blog posts) and decide whether you will need to keep a similar layout in order to avoid blurry featured images, problems with content size etc.
Secondly, you want to know whether or not you're using different post formats.
The available post formats will depend on your theme.
In order to easily see what formats were used, you can use the free plugin WP All Export. This will give you a list of all your posts with their post types.
- Single Page
Depending on the theme you are using you might have different page templates available. Before switching, you'll want to know if you were using different page templates so that you'll be able to recreate them.
Use the same plugin, WP All Export, to get a list of all your pages and the template used on each one of them.
You'll also want to look at the layout of your pages (do they have a sidebar, are you using featured images, are they showing the title, etc.) because those are things you might want to keep in mind when selecting which design you want to use for your default page on your new site.
- Blog Page: Nothing special to be aware off.
- Archive pages: Usually nothing special unless you have a redirect set up for your category pages (we'll cover that in the next step)
- 404 page: You probably couldn't customize this very much.
Step 2: Find out what the theme related elements are on your site (because these will disapear)
- Shortcodes and theme generated pages (such as homepages, landing pages,...) that were using short codes.
In order to discover whether or not you used theme related shortcodes, intall the free plugin Shortcodes Finder and checkout the following document to discover the theme related shortcodes:
- Focusareas: Won't render anymore but you won't need these anymore! Thrive Theme Builder will replace the areas and will give you much more design freedom.
- Theme specific widgets such as the follow me widget etc.. You'll have plenty of options in Thrive Theme Builder to improve and replace these!
- Social media and analytics code: You'll want to put this in the Thrive Dashboard scripts instead of in your theme header.
- Category Redirects: Build page in Thrive Theme Builder or use the Redirection plugin to redirect to the landing page
- Other theme related features such as ads manager: will disappear with the new theme in Thrive Theme Builder.
- Apprentice theme feature: switch over to the Apprentice plugin.
Step 3: Watch out for rogue code added in theme templates directly
Step 4: Set up your staging environment
Ask Your Questions!
We're more than happy to answer your questions in the comments, but if you run into any technical issues, opening a support ticket is the fastest way to get help. Our technical team is ready to look at your site and fix your problems.