On the surface, changing a theme, might seem harmless. It’s so easy, it’s hard to imagine it can do any harm. You can even do it from within the dashboard these days, without any manual FTP upload required. It’s quick, painless and perfectly safe, right? Depends on how you’ve set up your site.
The thing about WordPress sites is that they often become more of a puzzle, or jenga tower, over time. You have your theme, added plugins and any small (or major) edits you might have done. These all come together to create a beautiful functional site that suits your needs.
And that’s why it’s important to be careful when you change your theme (or even update WordPress on your site for that matter). If you pull out the wrong piece, the whole structure might collapse. And then you’ll end up having to go through a long (and with some webhosts, costly) retrieval process. Or you may end up having to replace many of the plugins you’ve grown to know and love.
But, there is a way you can make changing the theme a 0% risk endeavor, and luckily, it’s covered in detail below. Let’s get started!