Hi All,

I would like to switch my current theme to GeneratePress. But the thing is I would like to keep as much of the look and feel of my current theme when I migrate to GeneratePress theme, so that it looks as seamless as possible, and possibly with more improvements to it.

Is there any guide that anyone can offer on how do I reconfigure the color code, background colour, fonts, border colour of my sidebar etc?

What are the things I should backup?

Would appreciate advise on this and what else should I be aware of?

Thank you!

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Triblu Premium
Hey Richard,

What you could do is create a FREE site on the SiteRubix server and make all of your changes there. Once everything looks the way you want it too, you can easily transfer your free site version to your live site using a backup file.

If you do create a free site to work on in making your changes, you will want to go to Settings > Reading > scroll down to Search engine visibility and checkmark to DISCOURAGE search engines from indexing this site, then click on Save Changes button... so that the site you are working on is not indexed though a live version. (See screen print below...)

Once you use the backup copy from the FREE site server to your LIVE site, you will need to remember to go BACK to your Settings > Reading > scroll down to Search engines from indexing this site and UNCHECK the Discourage search engines from indexing this site so that your newly designed site is now LIVE for the world to see.

That's what I found worked best for me
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OCH3943 Premium
Hi Trish, this is very useful. Thank you very much. Need to ask you a bit more on the above to be clearer on the steps.

1. "transfer your free site version to your live site using a backup file."

--> Do you mean I backup my live current site and then upload the file (which has all my blog post) into the free site which has all the new theme and customisation that I have done?
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Triblu Premium
What I did was use my domain name minus the dot com when creating my SiteRubix site to work on... example:
domain.siterubix.com

That way, I would be less apt to confuse myself.

I would then backup my domain and NOT ADD ANYTHING ELSE to it until the FREE site was completed...

Then, I would install the same backup plugin to the siterubix site and using the backup file from my domain to "restore" (that's the plugin's term) the free site with my backup site.

Then... I would go to Settings > Reading > scroll down to Search engine visibility and checkmark to DISCOURAGE search engines from indexing this site, then click on Save Changes button... so not to be penalized for duplicated content... and I would begin my changes on the free site.

This way, your LIVE version will remain totally unaffected if something goes wrong.

Once the SiteRubix version of your site has been completed to your satisfaction, simply create a backup copy of that site... then... go to your LIVE domain and restore your LIVE version with the backup from the SiteRubix version...

THEN... be sure to your LIVE domain Settings > Reading > scroll down to Search engines from indexing this site and UNCHECK the Discourage search engines from indexing this site so that your newly designed site is now LIVE for the world to see.

Go back to your SiteRubix version and DELETE that entire site: I found this method soooooo much easier and less nerve racking... LOL!
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OCH3943 Premium
Hi Trish,

Thank you very much for going through with me step by step!

When you say LIVE domain, are you referring to the existing website, e.g. "domain.com"?

And when you say LIVE version, that is the one in "domain.siterubix.com"?

Because... I am a bit unsure when you mention in the 2nd last step where I should go to the LIVE domain to UNCHECK the "Discourage search engines from indexing this site"

I thought we only checkmark this in the "domain.siterubix.com" "LIVE version" so that we don't index this free site?

Appreciate your advise. Thank you again!
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Triblu Premium
Yes... your LIVE version is your registered domain.

SiteRubix or free site is the one you work on... not to be indexed.

Once you have taken a backup from the TOTALLY changed SiteRubix site that you completed the necessary changes on... and then used that backup file to restore your LIVE website... when you go to your LIVE website's Settings > Reading > and scroll down to Search engine visibility and UNCHECK the Discourage search engines as you WANT your DOMAIN indexed.

If you forget that step... your site will disappear from the search engines.

Remember now, you will be restoring your LIVE domain with the site you worked on, making all of the necessary changes.

And THAT FREE site... well... you CHECK MARKED to DISCOURAGE search engines so NOT to be penalized for duplicate content.

Hope this makes sense now.
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OCH3943 Premium
I think I see what you mean. Because...when I restore the backup from the siterubix site to my live site, the live site will inherit the check as well. That is why I need to quickly go and uncheck that.
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Aparna155 Premium
I use Updraft Plus too OCH.

I wonder if you can or should really try to tweak any stuff within your theme when changing from one to another.

What I recommend is that you go to SUPPORT and tell them to duplicate your site. They will do it in 30 minutes or so. Then change the theme of the new test site to generate Press and see if u like it.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi Richard,, it is all in here

https://docs.generatepress.com/


You can use AIO WP Migrations or Updraft plugins. UpdraftPlus is a premium and highly recommended. Site support does back ups daily if you are hosting within WA.

I back up the whole thing.
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OCH3943 Premium
Thank you Abie
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
No worries, you're welcome.
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