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WordPress. How to install template over existing website

Daniel Morales January 27, 2020
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This tutorial will show you how to install template over existing WordPress website.

  1. First, if you know how to build a WordPress website, you need to install the template to any subfolder on your server (e.g: , where is your actual website url). Make sure to use separate clean database. Install the template with all the sample data, using .sql file. Use the following tutorial: how to install WordPress template using dump file.

  2. Once the template is installed, log into the Dashboard, go to Tools -> Export.

  3. Export all the content to an .xml file. Save the file on your hard drive. This file will contain all sample content and most of the template settings:


  4. Let’s get back to your website. Log into your dashboard, install the theme and all the plugins that came with the template package.

  5. Navigate to Tools -> Import. Select ‘WordPress’ import system:


  6. Upload .xml file from your hard drive. Click ‘Upload file and import’ button:


  7. Check ‘Download and import file attachments’ option and click ‘Submit’ button. All the sample data and most of the template settings have been imported now:


  8. Make sure to copy all the widget settings from test installation into your website. Navigate to Appearance -> Widgets and copy all the widget settings for all the widget areas:


  9. You can also copy all the Reading settings from Settings->Reading menu:


This is the end of the tutorial. You’ve installed the template over existing website.

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