Redesigning a website can often be a scary thing to do.
Well, there are quite some strong reasons as to why you would want to do that.
For one, you need to catch up with the latest trends in terms of the looks and appeal.
Second, you need to make things more user and search engine friendly.
Still want to stick to your old design?
Here are some interesting, mind blowing stats about website design that should change your opinion!
You could have often heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But in reality people DO judge your website by its look and it takes about 50 milliseconds for them to do so.
People come to conclusions about the credibility of business based on your website’s design. And do you know how many people do that? A whopping 75%!
And alarmingly 94% of first impressions are design related.
I hope you got the point.
Now let’s see how to make the redesign process seamless and hassle-free.
Create a dummy website
You cannot redesign a live website! I hope you know that already.
So it is important to create a dummy website merely for redesigning purposes.
Watch the video below to find out how to create the test redesign website and make it look like your live website so you can freely do the design to fit your needs.
For this you have to work with wp-content folders as well as databases.
If you have a domain, you can create a “Test” or “temporary” (or whatever you wish the name) subdomain and do a WordPress installation in that subdomain.
Go to the Settings in WordPress dashboard and choose to discourage search engines from indexing the website.
Now access your live website’s files via the File Manager in your cPanel or FTP. Go to Public_Html folder and choose your website’s folder.
Now, create a zip file of the wp-content folder. Download the file and keep it.
Go to the File Manager again, and access your test site’s folder. Rename the default wp-content folder to something else.
Upload the zip file of the wp-content you had downloaded, and unzip it.
Now it’s time to export the database of your live site and import it to your test site.
In the cPanel, access MySQL® Databases. Create a new database username and a password.
Then add this name, username and password in the Add User option.
Now, access the wp-config file and fill out the name, username and password of the newly created database. Save the file.
Another way to do this is to access the database of your redesign website and drop all the current tables.
Now import the exported database (of your live website) to your new database.
Now your test website is ready, just as a copy of your live website.
It is now ready for a redesign. If you are going to use a free or premium theme as is, you need to install the theme and make a few customization.
If you have hired a designer to do a custom website design for your website, then they will take care of the steps till now.
Once you have made all the necessary theme installation and when you are happy with your redesign, it is time to put the design to your live website.
Go to wp-content>Themes folder of your test website. And make a .zip file of the theme folder that you worked on.
Once the compressed file is ready, download it to your computer. Go to your live website’s wp-content > Themes folder and upload the zip file.
And extract the zip file. Now go to your WordPress dashboard and enable and activate the theme that you just now copied.