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I was just wondering if there was a way I could test various themes I downloaded?

 

I wanted to try different things, editing the PHP script, widgets, etc. with all my site info and before the new theme would "go public". I already have some traffic coming in and don't want to be messing with my site's settings before I'm sure the new theme is 100% ready. Plus I may not even like the new style.

 

I was thinking about creating a "dummy site" within my account, then again I want to see all the info I have on my website currently in the new format. Should I just create a new folder, but wouldn't changing the theme have to affect my entire site, even the "viewable to the public" pages? Would anything like this also affect my SE rankings, links, etc.?

 

Thanks

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I still feel a little puzzled.

 

I created a new subdomain, and it already had wordpress installed on it (although I have no idea what my login info, affect on current site, etc. would be for this new copy). Will I get an entirely new wordpress dashboard to work with?

 

Also, I don't think I quite understand databases very well. Are they where all the "public site information, webpages, etc." are stored? And do I create a new user for each database (because I don't want it to affect my SERP, links, etc.)

 

Thanks

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I created a new subdomain, and it already had wordpress installed on it (although I have no idea what my login info, affect on current site, etc. would be for this new copy). Will I get an entirely new wordpress dashboard to work with?

Did you install this through fantastico? If yes, it would explain how the new wordpress installation ended up there.

 

If yes on the above, it have its own of everything, so you can play around with it without risking anything on your "real" wordpress installation.

 

Also, I don't think I quite understand databases very well. Are they where all the "public site information, webpages, etc." are stored? And do I create a new user for each database (because I don't want it to affect my SERP, links, etc.)

The databases are placed outside your domain I believe

 

For each installation you do that requires a database, you should create a new database for it.

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Thanks, that is what I was hoping for

 

I installed my first wordpress that I use for my primary site through fantastico, yes, however my login info is not the same, so I can't access it.

 

PS, the domain I am trying to access it through is:

http://toptenlisted.com/test/wp-login.php

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When you set up the second blog through fantastico, it have asked you to enter the login info you want to use.

If you can´t remember your login info, first thing to try is the "lost password" link on the login page you link to.

Second, you could remove this test installation through fantastico and start over.

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You can also set your theme up locally. Check out this tutorial for doing so:

 

http://www.wpdesigner.com/2007/02/19/so-yo...ess-themes-huh/

 

If you follow the tutorial on making your very own template, it is a fantastic way to learn what all the Wordpress files and php lines truly mean. I went through the tutorial several times myself and learned more doing the tutorial than I was able to learn in the three years I have been working with Wordpress on my own.

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