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Red Bud Theme Suitable?
Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:50 AM
Posted 05 July 2013 - 07:58 AM
a theme is only the "skin" of the site, and should not affect any functionality. Although we have e-commerce ready themes (Depot, Market, Thrifty and Threads), an e-commerce plugin will work on any theme, including Builder child themes. The difference with the e-commerce ready themes is that those will already have styling incorporated.
Whether or not you need a developer to customise it for you depends on your own skills, and the level of customisation you wish to apply.
yes, Builder (and WordPress for that matter) allows you to set any page as the home page of your site.
Existing plugins, content (such as posts, pages, products, categories, comments etc.) are not affected when changing a theme. Widget are a different story, since they are tied to the theme, but they will be moved to an "inactive widgets" area, and can be re-used in another theme's widgets. I am not sure what you mean by "transfer over existing blog"? Do you intend to set up a new site based on your existing site? In that case, our BackupBuddy plugin comes in handy.
Again, it depends on your skills, but if you have a working knowledge of WordPress, and after going through the Builder tutorials, along with the help you receive on the Builder support forum, you don't need a developer to change the theme. However, if you want to do customisations (change the styling of the pages and content) you can use Stylemanager plugin (for basic changes),and you may also want to familiarise yourself with CSS. But it is hard to respond with a yes or no, as it depends on the level and complexity of customisations you wish to apply.
You can always test the "changing a theme" procedure by changing to one of the free WordPress themes and notice the impact. I would suggest that you perform such tests on a test site, not on your live site. DO make sure that you make a full backup of your site and database, so you can always revert back. To create a copy of your site, and for full Backup functionality, again, BackupBuddy is the tool to use.
I hope these help,
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