Having recently relaunched my website to use a new WordPress theme – the excellent Avada Theme – I thought I’d add a guide to doing this on my blog, to help out anyone else planning this.

Part 5 – Going Live

  • Backup / Export your existing content – pages, posts, db, WordPress files etc.
  • Announce that your website is down for maintenance and will be relaunched soon.
  • Could use Twitter, Newsletter, email, Facebook post etc.
  • Turn on Maintenance Mode.
  • Make the required changes to your site. If you’ve used a test system for developing the changes, it could just be a matter of copying and pasting page content from test system to your live site. Or you could be copying and pasting content from Word or similar software.
  • Test as you go along, using a couple of different browsers (can login to WP if use correct URL)
  • Address any issues found in this testing, where possible.
  • Keep track of any additional changes required or ideas for changes and new content which occur whilst making your changes.
  • At this point, if using an agile/iterative approach, you may need to review your planning for the different phases and cycles, depending on how well this first phase goes.

Part 6 – After Relaunch – has now been Published.

*** If you would like help relaunching your WordPress website with a new theme, please Contact Me, or check out my WordPress consultancy services.

*** There is now a downloadable version of this content.