Do you have old themes still installed on your website that you would like to delete? It is very easy to get rid of them and that is what I will describe below. It makes no sense to keep more than one theme installed on your website unless of course you have a test website.

To delete your unwanted themes you must access the theme’s Details section again. Mouse over the theme and click on Theme Details, see above image. This will bring up the Details section of your currently installed themes, see below image. Just click on Delete in the lower right corner.

NOTE: The delete option will never be available for your activated theme until you have activated another. ALSO, I want to clarify that an installed theme is not activated. A theme does not become visible until after activation.

Prior to fully deleting the theme, you will be asked to verify if you truly want to delete the selected theme template. Just click on OK and the theme will be deleted from your Themes page, see below image.

NEXT UP = Accessing and Updating Theme Options

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CiberTiger Premium
Thank you Boomer! Was getting frustrated with too many themes and couldn't find the delete. Silly me, so simple!

Best,
Tiger
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. No worries. It took me a bit to figure it out too.
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PamelaMoyo Premium
Thanks for the training. Very helpful
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am happy you found it helpful.
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Kerjackie Premium
Thank you for this helpful training.
Jacqueline.
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure Jacqueline. I am happy you found it helpful.
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Pernilla Premium
Thanks a lot Robert!
Your trainings and tutorials are always great.
:-)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are very welcome Pernilla. I am happy you, a Space Shuttle Pilot, would like my training tutorials. ;)
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Pernilla Premium
:-D
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ValeriaO1 Premium
Thanks for the info! Just for me to be sure:
I'd like to change my theme, but I am not sure if I can pick ANY other theme or not (what if I'll break my website?:) What will happen to my images and texts if I select a totally different theme?

Thank you in advacne for helping me out!
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Labman Premium
The content remains. You can always reactivate your old theme.

You will need to enable your custom menu again and probably fix some wigets if you have any. The content will remain.
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boomergp08 Premium
Like Craig, Labman, says, the content will remain the same but you will lose any customizations you may have done.

Personally I have created a free Site Rubix website that I exclusively use for testing out new themes and plugins before I change anything on my live website.

I explain how I do that, and other reasons why, at the below link.
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ValeriaO1 Premium
That's a cool idea! Thank you!
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ValeriaO1 Premium
Thank you!
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ValeriaO1 Premium
Sorry for so many question, but I have to ask:) If I change my Theme, will comments under my posts be saved?
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Labman Premium
Yes, comments are carried over.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes.
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MarnikV Premium
Thanks, this helped me out!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy to have helped.
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Scavo44 Premium
This was very helpful!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you. Happy it was able to help you.
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carolbinger Premium
Thanks for sharing this training Rob. I had a problem with deleting unused themes and I was greatly helped.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy I could help you.
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D-AnnTaylor Premium
Hello, I want to change my theme because the one currently displayed on my website I like the appearance of it but after I added my recent posts, the information is displaying on the right side of my website page when I click on it from the dropdown menu. In addtion, the appearance of the theme itself it is not suitable for baby essential products.

So I found another theme called "Stained Glass," which has a nice clean appearance and more fitting for my website products.

However, I was wondering if I install/activate the new theme, will I lose my information posted on my website linked to the current theme I am utilizing?

I don't beleive I will lose my information but I want to ensure my thought is correct because I could be wrong and I do not know a great deal about utilizing themes and changing them.

Thank you,
Deborah
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Ejays Premium
Hi Deborah, you will not lose your information, just want to clarify.
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Vasiliy Premium
Hi Deborah, also wanted to confirm that you will not lose your content by updating to another theme, however always backup your website first at least with Wordpress Export feature. Make sure to backup your website as a common practice at least once a month and before you make any changes to your website.
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D-AnnTaylor Premium
Alright, thank you and will do as you indicated for site backup. I appreciate the feedback.

Thank you again.

Deborah
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D-AnnTaylor Premium
Thank you for clarifying Ejays.

Deborah
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boomergp08 Premium
You will not lose your information when changing themes Deborah. However you will lose any customizations you may have made and formatting because of size and space differences might be a bit off. It all depends on the new theme you choose.

However, before changing your theme you should always do a backup of your current website. This is actually something everyone should do once or twice per month, to prevent losing everything with some unforeseen problem.

Using the Tools Export feature in WordPress is a simple two-step process that takes less than a minute to backup your website. I explain how to perform this important procedure at the below link.
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matofarides Premium
Great course, thanks. I wanted to delete the themes I don't use. Do you suggest I should? Do they contribute to the site's speed?
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Yes, I suggest that you delete themes you may have installed on your websites that you are not using. I doubt they would contribute to any noticeable slow down in site speed, but if you do not need the extra themes, then delete them.
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DKMade Premium
The Boomer man!!! I love it when I go looking for an answer to something and I come across a Boomer tutorial...I know I will be able to understand it and I know it will work and solve my problem. You have definitely been a staple to my progression in the WA and I thank you for it, kind sir.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are very welcome. I always try to create my training tutorials based on questions I see members asking in the comment areas of the various classrooms. Then I tag these tutorials with keywords so WA members can better find them.
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DKMade Premium
I just like the explanations and how you teach them. I have a learning disability where my mind has a REAL hard time learning theoretically but excels in hands on training, basically if my mind can't see what is happening my mind is like WTF?! I was a horrible student in high school until my auto teacher gave me a verbal/practical exam after I had written the same exam and I got everything right on the practical exam and did not pass the written one just minutes before. From then on out, I have always had verbal or hands on practical tests. So this is why I have gone out of my way to avoid computers and electricity but your lessons, at least thus far, do an amazing job so that my mind can comprehend and remember what I have learned from your teachings, so, again, thank you. Without these lessons, I wouldn't be where I am today.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you and I can somewhat relate.

In high school I was taking a physics class and the first third of the school year the teacher was an old school put a formula on the board and explain it. My grades were a just passing C.

Then he left and a new younger teacher took over and he taught by showing visual examples through props, like using a Slinky toy to show what a Rarefaction Wave looks like.

Ever since that teacher I have always explained complex situations as descriptively as I can by using visual examples when possible.
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DKMade Premium
That's why my replies are so darn long as I still can't beat the feeling that I have to explain my answers so much to be understood...that and the ex, over explain so she ends up not listening so that later on you can drop the old, "well I told you, weren't you listening?" Worked 95% of the time lol I also had a teacher that used slinky's in science class!
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boomergp08 Premium
Better to fully explain than to be short and someone not fully understand is my opinion.
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Thanks, Robert. #always helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Paul. Happy to be able to help.
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scania12 Premium
Hi i am building a site related to dog training and having problems finding a theme.Do recommend just getting a standered theme and working with that,going to fiverr and getting one made.
Dave
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boomergp08 Premium
Though it is a personal choice, I prefer simple looking themes. Since the majority of the people who go on the internet will use a mobile device like a phone or a tablet, a theme MUST look and operate properly on a small screen of a smartphone.
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Hydroguy Premium
What do I consider when I am selecting a theme?
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boomergp08 Premium
When selecting a theme, click on the demo link on each theme selection to see what it could look like.mwhen you find what you like then make your selection.
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Hydroguy Premium
HI, I am in the WA Rubix site attempting to select my theme-design. Somehow I was sent back to my WA account site and I can't get back to the Rubix site to select my theme. How do I do that?
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@RICH. Premium
You can change your theme anytime from within your site, in Appearance > Themes. :)
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Hydroguy Premium
Thanks Rich. But...how do I get to "Appearance"?
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Sue24 Premium
how do you have 100 themes ? when i click add new theme i only get to choose from 15
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boomergp08 Premium
That is because you are only looking at the Featured Themes but you have to click on the other selections to see more.

See attached image for the other three selections that will display over 1000 different themes.
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Hari S Nair Premium
Hello Robert,

Can you make me aware of the possible troubles changing a theme can bring to my blog? I have been using 2012 theme for my primary site for about 4 years now, and it is a big site.

Recently, I have been thinking of switching over to a paid theme from thrive. I have this feeling that it can improve my site’s SEO presence.

I am worried about the plugins and whatever harm it can cause to my site, I am looking for a confirmation from your side about this, any suggestions?

I have backed up the site using Filezilla and wp-clone, yet I am a bit paranoid about taking this step.
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boomergp08 Premium
I too would be a bit paranoid changing my theme after such a long period of time. Changing a theme will obviously cause certain things to not line up, certain plugins to not work correctly, any custom menus to not work.

But if you have a full back up of your website, I would also contact WA Tech Support and inform them to what you are about to do. Ask them if it they too will have a backup of your website with your current theme and how long will they retain it before backing up with your new theme.
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Hari S Nair Premium
Yeah, contacting the support and asking to keep a backup when I initiate that step would be the right idea..thanks..still that thought is a bit scary :P
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JasonDK Premium
Thank you!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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RHunt Premium
Thank You! Most Helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure. I am happy you found it to be helpful.
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KiwiGeorge Premium
Thank you for that summary, wish the Cert training covered it better....the hours I have spent (thinking it was me) trying to get my Theme to do things that it has no code for!!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome George. Happy I was able to help you understand.
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TylerH222 Premium
I don't like the choice I made for the theme for my web site. How do change the theme to another theme off of the list of over 2000 options?
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boomergp08 Premium
First back up your website. Then go choose a theme you like and install it (not activating it). Once you are sure that is the theme you want, activate it.

BUT

Before you do any of the above you should first build a test website that is similar to your live website. Then you can test out new themes and plugins without possibly breaking your live site and see how it will look.

To learn more about why I recommend using a test website for testing out new themes and plugins, check out my training at the link below.
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Lexsz Premium
Thanks, was searching for this!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am happy I could help.
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JackyA3 Premium
I think I'm finally getting the hang of this. I had to go back to course 1 and get a better understanding on how to actually build my website. Baby steps. I'm not very computer savvy, but I'm getting there.
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boomergp08 Premium
The great thing about WA is that you do not need to be computer savvy to build a website.
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KariLee Premium
Thanks, so easy! I had to search on the WA toolbar to learn how to delete themes and had the entire cleanupjob done in minutes! And I had a lot of themes installed.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. We all have about 4 themes installed on our websites when they are built, and some people install others when looking to possibly change themes.

Personally I create a free Site Rubix website as a test website to test out all kinds of themes, widgets, plugins and other updates so I do not have to do these on my live website. But regardless, it is always best to know how to delete themes.
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Marisa123 Premium
Thanks Robert, this is helping a ton! :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. It was my pleasure.
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Claudioj Premium
Hi Robert, Excellent WP Tutorial, Many Thanks!!. Please tell me what do you think about my recently new post here in WA.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Claudio. I just left a comment on your blog.
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NRosales Premium
Thanks for the information on changing theme. Wish you the best.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks. I am glad I could help.
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Phanith08 Premium
Thank you for that but at i don't see Theme Options all i can see Themes, Customize, Widgets, Menus, About Cutomizr, and Editor... Why? I don't get it, i need more explain please.
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bmontes Premium
Got to go to customize and then click on theme
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Phanith08 Premium
Thank you
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boomergp08 Premium
Every theme will say something different but generally the same. Check out where it says Customize
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Orbulas Premium
Thanks again boomer, that was helpful. Wish Kyle would have covered some of that in the first training videos on creating your website, it would have cleared up a lot.
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boomergp08 Premium
There is just too much stuff for Kyle to cover sometimes, so that is where those of us who do training can come in and fill in the cracks.
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Zismail Premium
Thanks boomergp08 for these lessons. I have chosen the OLSEN theme for my test website. However, the site title that I have created was not shown and instead the words OLSEN was shown on top of my tagline. How do I change this?
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boomergp08 Premium
Click on Appearance in left side menu in WordPress and then on Customize. Search in there for how that theme handles the change.
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Rubyparker Premium
Hello!
I am fairly new here. I found your tutorial on deleting a theme after looking for most of the afternoon. Thank you so much. And I will be seeking out more of your training. Again thanks. Deleting was quite easy once you know how. So again thanks.
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boomergp08 Premium
Most things are quite easy once you know how.
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DJ-Yogi Premium
That's what I just needed. Thanks.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. So glad it was helpful.
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4Hope Premium
Thank. You. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome!
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Kpewhairangi Premium
A great read and great lessons Robert, keep up the excellent work. I have booked marked these lessons.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you! I am glad you liked it!
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kiliwia62 Premium
Great training, very useful indeed.
Thanks Robert. :)
Sylvia
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Sylvia. Glad you liked it.
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mbrin37 Premium
I also thank you Robert. I have bookmarked it and will put to good use... cheers... :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Michael. I hope it helps you a lot.
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Franko97 Premium
Thanks, Robert. I've bookmarked this page. Excellent training!
Frank
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Frank. Thanks for the comment and bookmark.
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Franko97 Premium
I just changed my theme to zeeDynamic and I like it!
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Maxiam59 Premium
Wow just what I needed thanks Robert all the best Max
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Max. Glad I could help.
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EFors Premium
Thank you so much, Robert.
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boomergp08 Premium
It was my pleasure Elma.
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MarvH Premium
Thanks again Robert. I am reviewing this for the 2nd time as I am about to make some theme changes.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Mav.
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WilliamBoyle Premium
Thank you Robert, very much appreciated my friend.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome William. I'm happy to have shared this with the WA community
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mjdimarco Premium
Thanks again Robert.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Michael.
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3chas80 Premium
Hi Robert,
Thanks! I was getting a few too many themes in the site, and forgot how to remove them. This saved me some time!
Chas
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Chas. Glad I was able to help you out.
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ASquillante Premium
Hello. I need your advice again. Why and what is the advantage to choosing multiple themes for my website?
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WayneStewart Premium
Hey, boomergp08, have you ever considered doing a training module on how you put all these page images, add arrows, etc on your blogs??? Have helped or tried to help other new members and truly wish I knew how to do this so that an understanding is reached a lot quicker. Lol I'll bet there is already a training on this out there, huh???
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WilliamBoyle Premium
Wayne, take a screenshot of the area you wish to use, save the pic then open MS paint locate the image and open it in MS paint. There you will find the tools you are looking for, don't forget to save changes.

When you're done upload the image into your post.
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boomergp08 Premium
Wayne, I do it exactly as William describes above. I take a screenshot, load it into MS Paint, make changes by cropping it and adding arrows, save it and then uploading it into my training and blogs.
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WayneStewart Premium
Thanks, William, have been seeing this for awhile but wasn't at a place where I knew most of the topics I know now. I know this will sound funny, but how do you screenshot?
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WayneStewart Premium
And Boomer. :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
I am using a Windows computer, so if you use a Mac it will be different.

On a Windows computer all I do is hold down the Shift key and then press the Print Screen key (it could say Prt Sc).

Then I open up MS Paint and paste the screenshot there by holding down the Ctrl key and then press the letter V. Then I go about editing the image.
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WayneStewart Premium
Outstanding, gonna have to get MS Paint and start playing around with my new toy. Lol. Thx
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boomergp08 Premium
If you have a Windows computer, MS Paint is already installed.
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WayneStewart Premium
I found it, :0
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AnnieB Premium
Thank you Robert for your well thought out training. I've been thinking for several months about changing my theme, on what is becoming an "older" site. The most obvious concern being that previous posts/images will become unaligned, etc. The few I have viewed thus far, do just that. I'll keep looking.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Annie. Glad you liked it.

This is one of the reasons why I have a test websites, so I can see how alignments will change when using different themes. I also like using them to see how plugins will work.
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LH-CLUB Premium
Good info Robert.

In my WP I don`t have Theme options or header or background,

But in the test site, there is header and background no Theme options.

Question, when you are using the test site do you have to have exactly the same as your active site, like have all the plugins, the same.

I installed WP Clone by WP Academy but I couldnt get it to work properly, I never did get a reply to my question that was weeks ago from another expert member who uses it.

Cheers

Lou
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boomergp08 Premium
As I said, not all themes will have theme options or the same option should they have it.

I have never used WP Clone so I can not give you an answer to that.

As for a test website, it could either be as close to the one you have live or it could be different. The one I have contain 8 different themes, with 3 of the themes being fom 3 of my websites.

So when I want to see how something will look or react on one of those websites, I just change the theme to the website I am testing.yyyyy
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kerrybramham Premium
Thanks Robert, this will help me choose a theme for my next website.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Kerry
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ASquillante Premium
If keywords don't generate a QSR are they still useful?
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boomergp08 Premium
What do you mean, don't generate a QSR? Do you mean a QSR of 0? Normally I am suspect of those because I'm not sure if that is a correct reading.
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ASquillante Premium
The area for QRS was empty. How do I get back into Wordpress? Thanks for response, I appreciate the assistance.
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boomergp08 Premium
Just log in to your WordPress website using the Site Manager, light blue button under the blue Live Chat button above left.

QSR has nothing to do with WordPress so there is no connection between the two.
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ASquillante Premium
How do I get back to Wordpress?
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MINDwell Premium
from where?
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boomergp08 Premium
Where are you now?
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DaveHuntsman Premium
Great information! Thanks!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Dave. Happy you liked it!
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Dmorrow Premium
This was great - I wasn't sure about a lot of this so thanks!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Debby. Glad I was able to help you.
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KatieMac Premium
Great tutorial Robert easy to follow , do wished the themes offered a few more categories though .. have a good weekend
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Cathy. I agree with you. I wish the themes had more categories too.
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KatieMac Premium
maybe that will come along have a good weekend,
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boomergp08 Premium
We can only hope.
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forresth1 Premium
thanks robert
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Forrest.
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Chuck101 Premium
another big thanks for the great effort!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Chuck. So happy you liked it.
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