Best way to re-design Wordpress template

I’ve just installed wordpress 1.2 and I’d like to re-design the template, but I’m wary of working directly on the install. I figure I can install Php and Mysql on my desktop, but someone online mentioned the best method is setting up a test blog on Dreamhost. Do I need to set up a completely new domain, different than my real blog, or can I use a subdomain to set up a test blog?

After that, is it as simple as using the same MySql database with these instructions:

// Change the prefix if you want to have multiple blogs in a single database.

$table_prefix = ‘wp_’; // example: ‘wp_’ or ‘b2’ or ‘mylogin_’

Change ‘wp_’ to be anything else (because your first WordPress is already using ‘wp_’). Maybe choose ‘wp2_’ for example!

Is this the best way to design your pages, considering that you need a server to see the pages as you work on them?

Hey, did I just talk to you? ^_-

If I didn’t, follow that link anyways. It’ll answer your question. Also, you will need to create a separate MySQL database to install your second copy of WordPress, but DreamHost gives us unlimited MySQL databases, so that’s no problem.

Apart from installing plug-ins, most people don’t mess with their WordPress files. To change the visual appearance, you only need to play with the CSS files.

Simon Jessey
Keystone Websites | si-blog

Actually, you play with both the CSS and index.php files. Other files can be played with as needed. Here’s a list of templates: and instructions on how to create themes and/or apply themes for the upcoming v1.5 release:


And yes, macmanx, that was me before… or at least my wife. We work as a team, uh, at least until one of us has to throw out the garbage.

I think I got it figured out now. I guess the one thing I’m still a little confused about was whether I just create another folder within my domain, let’s say, and install another wordpress for my test site or create as a sub-domain and install it in there.

much appreciated all

just in case someone else comes to this thread with the same questions, I found a link that was helpful to me…