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Things To Remember After You Change Your Theme

Posted by on Jun 6, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I decided the theme for my finance blog, Top Finance Blog, was kind of dark. That, plus the background for it was actually a template and not just a color, and I couldn’t come close to matching the template color when trying to set up my Adsense on it. So, I decided it had to be changed, and went with the one that’s there now.

I liked the theme because it was pretty clean, but things were off for some reason. I finally figured out that all the stuff I’d had on my previous theme, which had two right sidebars, was missing. I went into the Appearance areas, into the widgets, and saw that instead of just right and left, this new theme had an area that just said Sidebar, but it didn’t go anywhere. The theme I chose allows for different kinds of customization.

What I’d forgotten early on was that every time you change a theme, you need to go back to your old theme and copy any customization you made to it, and move it to the new theme. I did that, and everything looked good once more.

Then a few days ago I decided to check the stats on some of my websites, went to that one, and I didn’t have a single visitor. I knew that was wrong because I’d been getting comments. Then I remembered that I hadn’t transferred the Google Analytics code to the new theme either. That’s one of a couple of codes I have in my themes that I can’t just see by looking at my blog, which is why I’d totally missed it. Went back, copied that code, and all is right with the world once more.

It’s an important thing to remember to check all of your coding when you change your theme. You never know what important thing you might be missing until much later.

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Great article which came in time for me. I just activated my new unique theme. Thanks for sharing this man.

June 6th, 2009 | 11:42 AM

No problem, Tech; glad to be timely.

June 6th, 2009 | 1:46 PM

Ok Mitch, I had to giggle. Not that it was really funny that it happened to you but, I have done the same thing.

I had those few moments of looking in Analytics & freaking out. Pretty sure the look on my face, when I saw that I had ZERO visitors, was one of big eye’s & dropped mouth.

Glad that you got your code replaced & are now getting visitors. You know that if Google doesn’t report them in Analytics then they must not really be there. LOL!

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June 6th, 2009 | 2:29 PM

You’re right, Sheryl. Can’t be validated without Google telling me it’s so. lol

June 6th, 2009 | 2:42 PM
Altis Lo (Beaulife):

It had happened to me exactly the same dilemma, thanks for reminding me and all other blogger, because I have been hesitating to change to another WordPress theme for the same concern. Thanks!

June 8th, 2009 | 11:49 AM

Glad to be of service, Altis. I’ve been hesitant in the past, but now, I just go ahead and do it if I find something I like better.

June 8th, 2009 | 11:50 AM

hey Mitch, just gonna respond to the first bit, the not getting the color right for adsense. Even with a theme/template it is pretty easy to get the right color, looking up the background color on the .css stylesheet, on there you should be able to find the exact right code for your adsense background color (and any other colors used on the template for that matter) 😉

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June 8th, 2009 | 12:39 PM

Hi Mirjam. I did look up all the codes, and none of them matched the image background at all. I was really hopeful, but it just wasn’t there, which is why I decided to change.

June 8th, 2009 | 12:46 PM

Interesting,I recently had a lot of drama with a theme for one of my blogs that just did not work with Internet Explorer. But it was great in Firefox. Think it is important to see how a theme looks in diff. search engines.
Some of the fun part of blogging. Thanks for your excellent posts.

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June 8th, 2009 | 5:53 PM

Thanks Rosie. I actually had that same problem back in September when I was looking to change the theme on my business blog; just wouldn’t show up correctly in IE, so I had to scrap it.

June 8th, 2009 | 6:33 PM

Oh phooey, I can’t find the link but there is a website that will actually show you how your site looks on different browsers. It will even show you your site on older version of browsers.

I am sure a Google search will find it.

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June 10th, 2009 | 12:09 AM

Ned, you’re talking about Browser Shots; I wrote about it last October:

June 10th, 2009 | 1:59 AM

Bingo that’s it. I made sure to bookmark it this time.

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June 10th, 2009 | 11:26 AM

I keep a log of changes I have made to my theme. But I bet it is out of date and I have missed some of the changes.

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June 10th, 2009 | 12:05 AM

I’ve never thought about keeping a log for the changes I make to my theme. That’s not a bad idea, and I’m usually a list kind of guy. I’ll have to consider that.

June 10th, 2009 | 1:57 AM

I too made the same mistake but little differently, i copied the analytics code of another dummy website of mine to the actual one, so with wrong ID in the code all stats were going to my dummy site rather my actual site is showing zero. Atlast i changed the code. You should be meticulous while making any changes. Good point you made.

June 10th, 2009 | 6:28 AM

Thanks Yuva. Course, making sure your analytics codes are proper is a big deal as well as making sure you have them to begin with. 🙂

June 10th, 2009 | 10:47 AM


That sound like one of those easy to do but hard to catch mistakes. When you discovered it did you slap yourself on the forehead and say “DUH”.

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June 10th, 2009 | 11:28 AM

I like that new theme a lot better Mitch. O couldn’t help but notice that blog is now a PR4! Well done mate, it’s good to see it up there in such a short time.
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June 13th, 2009 | 10:51 AM

You see there, I’ve gotten so immune to looking at PR on my sites that I hadn’t even noticed that. I’m glad it’s getting at least that much attention.

June 13th, 2009 | 11:10 AM

Yeah, but like I keep saying I prefer the SERP’s over PR any day.
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June 14th, 2009 | 2:07 AM

Same here, my man.

June 14th, 2009 | 9:14 AM