I have a wordpress.com site right now but I want to gradually work on redesigning it completely. How can I install a new theme and recreate the site without pulling the old one down til the new one is 100% ready? I hope that makes sense. You know how regular websites can have a website up and while they work on a whole new design. Then one day they just publish the new one. How can I do that?
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You can't unless you are referring to getting a CSS editing upgrade and working in preview mode. If you have CSS editing experience, you can get the paid custom CSS upgrade and renew it annually. It will allow you to stylize the appearance of themes you find here > Appearance > Themes, but it does not allow you to change the functionality, by editing the underlying template. It does not allow you to remove footer links to the theme designer or to wordpress.com. Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes here at wordpress.COM.
There are two free themes, Sandbox and Toolbox designed to allow maximum flexibility for CSS editing and creating new “skins”. Toolbox is more modern and includes a lot of support for CSS3 and HTML5, so it is really only limited by your skills and knowledge.
Since there is no official Staff support for the CSS upgrade, and precious little Volunteer support, I recommend that you don’t buy the upgrade unless you have at least moderate understanding of HTML and CSS because you must be prepared to do the work on your own.
If you are considering purchasing the upgrade, you can go to Appearance > Edit CSS. There wordpress has provided a preview function where you can try before you buy.
If you do purchase the upgrade be sure to read this article before starting your editing > http://csswiz.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/if-you-have-the-wp-com-css-upgrade/
Create a test blog on your site and set it to private, and then you can work on that one. You can even export your content and import it into the test blog so that you are working on it with your own content. The thing is, you will have to activate the new theme on the public site and then do all your changes to that one (if it involves CSS changes, you can copy the CSS changes over and into the public site after activating the new theme.
If what I posted above is not what your were referring to ie: CSS editing upgrade then we can change themes at any time > Appearance > Themes and preview how they will lok on our blogs prior to clicking "activate".
You can also set the blog to "private" for a short time while you work on it or prior to its public launch. See here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/
Thank you all for the quick Responses. I think I will do Thesacredpath"s idea about exporting and creating a new blog then after i got it tweaked. make all the changes on the original. Is it hard to export and import?
It's not difficult. See here for step by set directions for creating a mirror blog and exporting and importing the content. > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/19/how-to-select-a-wordpress-com-theme-part-1/
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