How to Copy a WordPress Theme from a Website to Your Site

WordPress is the world’s #1 content management system (CMS) and is known for its robust ecosystem, flexibility, and huge community support. It is frequently used to build professional and personal websites, as well as for businesses. In general, WordPress is a great option for any type of site or business and is suitable for all types of users – from beginners to experienced developers.

However, as awesome as WordPress is, it can still be quite tricky to pull off a custom design or feature-rich website without any previous experience in web development. In this tutorial, we will discuss some of the basics of copying a WordPress theme from one site to another. We will walk you through the process step-by-step, outlining key points along the way. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a basic understanding of how to pull off a successful theme copy and will have an idea of what features and elements you will need to incorporate into your own design to make it stand out.

The Need for Re-Design

WordPress is incredibly flexible and can be modified so that it fits almost any need or requirement. Even so, there will come a time when you will need to re-design your theme, and at this point, you will have a clear idea of what elements you need to include to make it unique and stunning.

For example, if you are copying a theme for a real estate business and you know that the purpose of the site is to showcase luxury properties, you can be rest assured that you will need to incorporate a luxury vibe into your design.

The Process

There are basically three steps to copy a WordPress theme from one site to another:

  • Set up the new site with the desired theme
  • Copy over your content (e.g. posts, pages, and excerpts)
  • Customize your theme as needed

Let’s take a closer look at each step.

Step one: Set up the new site

The first step in the process is to set up the new site with the desired WordPress theme. It’s important to note that not all themes are suited for all types of sites. If you are looking for a blog theme then you should definitely opt for something sleek and lightweight. Also, make sure that the theme you choose is responsive so that it looks good on all devices.

If you follow our step-by-step tutorial, you will have a working site in just a few minutes. In case you run into any problems along the way, our support team is available 24/7 via email or phone. Just contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Step two: Copy over your content

The second step in the process is to copy over your content (e.g. posts, pages, and excerpts). From the very beginning, you should know that simply importing your content will not result in a successful theme copy. You will need to do some of the work manually.

If you are using a third-party tool to copy content over from one site to another, make sure that you only use established and reputable companies. Also, be sure to read the terms of service (ToS) and privacy policy (PP) carefully. Once you have imported your content, take the time to review it and correct any errors. You can use a free tool like WordPress to download a full copy of your existing blog content and then import it into your new site.

Step three: Customize your theme

After you have imported your content into your new site, you will need to take the time to customize your theme. In most cases, this will involve making small adjustments to the theme’s code and setting up a few hooks that will allow you to easily add your own features. With a little bit of effort, you can turn a simple theme into a fully functioning business or portfolio site.

Again, not all themes are made equal. In most cases, you will need to make a selection from among several different themes before you find one that works well with your content and brand identity. Once you have found the perfect match, take the time to read through the theme’s documentation and/or watch the YouTube videos that come with it to fully understand how it works and how you can customize it to fit your needs.

At this point, you should have a functional site with the desired WordPress theme. However, since this is the initial launch, it’s a good idea to add a few more features to make the site stand out more. One fantastic way to do this is to install a security plugin like Sucuri and then set up the site to use HTTPS along with a free Let’s Encrypt certificate. Doing this will greatly improve your site’s security and boost your Google ranking.

Also, add some content to the site through WordPress’s various publishing tools (e.g. the Custom Post Type plugin) to make it more engaging. In this way, you will be able to attract more readers to your site and generate more traffic. This, in turn, will help establish credibility and make your site seem more professional.

Why copy a WordPress theme?

There are several reasons why you might want to copy a WordPress theme. For one, having a near-identical site with the same content but using a different design can be a great way to test out a new look without risking loss of content.

If you are launching a new site and want to keep your existing content but want a fresh coat of paint, building a replica is the perfect way to go. Similarly, if you are looking to rebrand an already-established site, copying the design will be the quickest and cheapest route to take.

If you are looking for a way to generate more traffic and leads to your site, building a duplicate can serve as a viable option. In most cases, the traffic that one site gets from building a replica is almost, if not entirely, free and can easily be monetized.

What features should I include in my site?

Apart from the basic setup and importing of content, there are several other key features that you should include in your site to make it stand out. While these features may not, in most cases, be necessary, they can certainly make your site more professional and easy to use. Some of these features include:

  • Contact forms (e.g. via Gravity Forms)
  • Virtual shopping carts (e.g. via WooCommerce)
  • Event calendars (e.g. via Eventbrite)
  • Sociable (e.g. via WP Tavern)
  • Tripadvisor (e.g. via Review Track)
  • Facebook Like/share buttons (e.g. via AddThis)

Among these features, the ones mentioned above are some of the most common and useful ones found in WordPress themes. In most cases, you will only need to include one or two of these features in your site.

What is a landing page?

A landing page is, simply put, a web page that you or your webmaster’s create with one goal in mind: to drive traffic to another site or action. In most cases, the action will be something that generates a sale (e.g. a product or service).

There are several benefits to using landing pages. To begin with, they can be very effective when used correctly. Also, they can be used to create a shopping cart that will lead to a purchase as easily as piecing together a quick online store. Finally, they can be used to generate interest and inquiry about your product or service and, therefore, drive more traffic to your site. In most cases, a landing page will need to have three key elements in order to work properly:

  • An interesting, inviting headline
  • A short description of what the page is about
  • Call-to-action (e.g. a button that will take the user to a purchase page or some other action)

For example, if you are trying to drive traffic to a product page for a fitness app, you could create a landing page with the headline, “New Year, New You!”, along with a short description of how the app will help users get in shape. Then, you could include a call-to-action button that will take the user to the product page for your app. If you run a fitness blog or website, this could be the page that you link to from your blog’s footer in order to get users to take a look at your app.