One of the best features of WordPress is the availability of 1000s of free themes for customization of your blog. New theme are created every day and available for free download. When a theme is more attractive than the one you are using for your theme, you definitely have the tendency to change it. I too have changed my theme quite a few time before making my own theme. There are few important things to do when you change your theme.
- After installing the new theme on your blog make sure that the links are working fine. Links like About me and Contact are crucial for a blog as they are the main source to contact the author or get more information about the blog. Most of the new themes will have default About page. Make sure that you have linked to the correct pages.
- Make sure that the feed links are working fine. All the themes have default feed link. Check that you have correctly linked your feed icon to your feeds.
- After installing, check your blog in different browsers to make sure that there is no alignment issues. You can check IE, Opera, Firefox and Safari. IE has the problem of displaying some CSS weirdly.
- Most of us use scripts for site tracking like Google Analytics or 103bees. Once you install the new theme, check whether you have added these scripts to either header or footer. Last time when I changed my theme, I forgot to add Google code and my site stats were not available for entire week.
- Remove all the unwanted links from the sidebar, as there could be few default links in the sidebar. Also check that you have removed all the unwanted widgets from your sidebar. Also make sure that the plugins are working properly in the new theme (Few theme have in-build plugins). Make necessary changes to the CSS, to make it attractive with the new theme.
So next time you are changing your theme, cross check whether you have done these things properly.