Imagine yourself with your blog messed up while editing your theme files and don’t know where you went wrong. The blog looks awkward when the PHP code is gone bad while trying to adding an Ad code, inserting things or editing the code.
Some tips and tricks for your WordPress blog helping you get over PHPophobia – fear of messing up your blog’s theme files!
Refer to the theme files
The easiest and an effective tip is just refer to your theme files. It’s the way that your blog was previously. In case you screw things up, you can always copy-paste it back. No sweat!
Keep your old theme’s files
When you’re switching theme, it’s good practice to keep the old theme files. You can see the files and do changes in the new theme files as the code is mostly the same. This helps you which saves time and you don’t miss to add/edit some things in your new theme.
More Information: How to Change WordPress Theme Effortlessly
Redesign blog privately before implementing
A handy Plugin by the name of Preview Theme helps you test/design your blog before you apply the changes to your site. You do this in private and none knows.
Detailed instructions: Redesigning Your WordPress Theme? Do It Behind The Scenes With This Plugin
Use Widgets feature
An easy way to edit your sidebar without messing things up is using the Widgets function of WordPress. Simply drag and drop the items in the way you want to see in sidebar and you’re done without chances of error.
You don’t need to be afraid to test/redesign/edit your blog even if you don’t have much knowledge of PHP. 🙂 Let us know if you’ve any other tips & tricks to get over PHPophobia