Previewing & making changes before activating child theme

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  • #19902

    wittycassiehere
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    Hi all,

    I’m planning a site revamp in the coming weeks using the Metro theme, but I need to be able to make (and view!) changes to the child theme before actually having it go live. As a novice, it’ll likely take lots of tweaking, and I don’t want my readers to be subjected to all the changes in the meantime. However, I notice that certain features of Genesis and the theme itself are only available on the Dashboard once you’ve activated the theme. For example: the background image can be changed through the dashboard, not by making any changes to the CSS. Any way around this?

    Apologies if this is a painfully simple (or repeat) question, but I don’t see it answered elsewhere. Thanks in advance!


    #20096

    wittycassiehere
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    I can’t edit my original post, but adding a note to say I can, in fact, change the background image before the theme is made active. But why doesn’t the preview of the site show the widgets I currently have installed? Will they disappear if I make Metro active?


    #20104

    Susan
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    A new child theme will over-write any widgets you currently have installed in your existing theme.


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    #20152

    wittycassiehere
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    Thanks for clarifying, Susan. That does make sense it would be overridden since that’s what a child theme does. Inconvenient, though, that the new theme will have to go live (and therefore be incomplete design-wise) before I can add those widgets again. I want the final product to go live all together, not piece by piece! Is there a workaround for this I’m not familiar with? Thanks again.


    #20157

    Susan
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    Cassie – you could always use a Maintenance plug-in while you tweak those kinds of changes:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-maintenance-mode/


    Susan @ Graphically Designing I offer theme customizations I tweet!
    I’ve taken up the challenge! – help me answer some of the unanswered posts

    #20510

    wittycassiehere
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    Thanks, Susan! I’ll use this.


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