Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You can change the theme and the content will remain.

However, the format may be completely wrecked.

Paid themes typically include capabilities not found in other themes. It should be clear, such capabiliites and plug-ins may require a restart.

So the answer is, "IT DEPENDS."

Mar 06, 2017 06:23 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

What Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 said.

Any customization you do to create a "child theme" will need to be redone.  Any special configurations in your PHP scripts related to the theme will run the risk of being useless on the new theme, or worse yet, cause issues.

Mar 06, 2017 10:38 AM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
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Nathan Gesner, you'll want to purchase a well-supported premium theme. As Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 pointed out, if you switch themes, your formatting could be all wonky. 

Also, you'll want to purchase a theme that has a child theme. You'll activate the child theme and that's where you'll add your custom CSS code. That way, when the theme has updates, you won't have to re-do all your CSS.

Mar 06, 2017 06:39 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Yes you can

Mar 06, 2017 06:38 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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Jonathan Denwood and Bob Crane are some of your tech and Word Press experts here. Nestor & Katerina Gasset and James Call and a few others too.

Mar 06, 2017 06:14 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I look forward to any answers an dtips as i started building mine and am stuck where to go from where i am. Clicking help was no help

Mar 06, 2017 06:11 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It depends. Many free themes are not supported by the person(s) that created them. Paid themes are usually a better choice. Some adjustments may be needed after switching, but it's not usually a lot.

Mar 06, 2017 04:52 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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thanks for asking this question.... now I know the answer....

Mar 06, 2017 07:21 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Nathan,

Each theme has its own format, the content will remain the same.  It will look different. A

Mar 06, 2017 06:52 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about what you learn.

Mar 06, 2017 06:13 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
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outside my level of experience or knowledge but looks like you have a bunch of answers

Feb 15, 2018 05:44 PM
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Tia Danielle Peterson
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Yep, you can do that. It's not always simple, but it's always doable. Content (data) is stored in tables, and the themes just display (or not display) the data. 

Even if you change to a theme and it *looks* like your data is gone, it's not. A theme is like a dress. It goes on and comes off but doesn't change anything underneath.

Some Wordpress themes display some types of content while other themes ignore it but the truth is that ALL themes - paid or free - can be modified to display any of the content, anywhere. Wordpress was built that way, so that you can use the Editor to *call* any table and display something from it.

Mar 08, 2017 12:48 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I'd stick to the same theme. I would not worry about that. 

Mar 08, 2017 01:01 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Yes, it's very simple to do so once you understand WP - I have dozens of these sites

Mar 07, 2017 08:37 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 nailed this one!

Mar 07, 2017 04:57 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

In most cases, yes.  Though, there may be some cleanup with the display that will be required.

Mar 07, 2017 04:31 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Nathan Gesner - not an expert at this - though I find no reason why not.

The only concern I see here is, will new theme accommodate the content?

Mar 06, 2017 11:04 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Yes, you can change it but, you'll have some re-formatting to do.  Sometimes it's far too much to take on yourself but, other themes are fairly easy to convert.  Back up the current theme/site before trying a new theme.  Good luck, Nathan Gesner!

Mar 06, 2017 08:47 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I don't know.

Mar 06, 2017 08:23 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
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Nathan - Just as I suspected, sounds like you can change themes and all your info will remain, but the look (formatting) may need some fixing.

Mar 06, 2017 08:11 PM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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 Yes.

Mar 06, 2017 07:56 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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Good question. I'm thinking of doing the same and the answers have really helped me out.

Mar 06, 2017 07:07 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Sure, but with all changes you will need to deal with a few adjustments.

Mar 06, 2017 06:54 PM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I think the right answer is It depends!!

Mar 06, 2017 05:59 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Thank you for your post. I'd be interested to know as well.

Mar 06, 2017 11:15 AM
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Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
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I was wondering the same thing myself. Thanks for posting.

Mar 06, 2017 11:10 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Yes.  In most cases the formatting will need to be fixed. It does not translate perfectly but the content is there. 

Mar 06, 2017 10:02 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, absolutely.  I have done it.  I've also gone from to paid theme.

Mar 06, 2017 09:17 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Yes.

Mar 06, 2017 09:00 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I believe that you can... parked and reading.

Mar 06, 2017 08:06 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

It looks like you got some good answers to your question!

Mar 06, 2017 06:45 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Yes but some things might get a little skewed. At any time you can back up your content on a WP site too.

Mar 06, 2017 06:41 AM