Can I have one WordPress blog with different themes?

Dietmar Georg December 21, 2011

What is the easiest way to have two different WordPress themes on one WordPress blog (say the blog is 50% for recipes and 50% for photography). Any advice?

  1. Jamie VanRaalte
    June 26, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Using templates is probably your best bet OR using custom post types. Both allow for different layouts/themes for different things!

  2. aerostrato
    May 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

    this is my first post here and one of my first themes task with wordpress; I'm a Joomla! master.

    I installed five thenmes and I need my customer has to access my local wordpress installation and browse all of them in order to select the right one.

    I tried the switcher plugin; it does not work. I mean it is impossible to navigate through themes; it let the user select one time a theme and then is impossible to navigate.

    I go to the home page of the active theme, I selected from the dropdown another theme, the new theme is displayed and when I try to go back to the old one with the browser arrow (to return to the previous page) I see displayed the admin page! Same issue when I do the steps above after having log out from admin. May you help to fix it please? I need to navigate through themes starting from any of them; I wonder what is the right setting too do it please?

    Thank you.

  3. Anonymous
    December 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Change CSS Styles with Different Categories in WordPress
    have to design first and then apply the code so that the design will change according to category?

    You can have multiple themes installed and give visitors an option to chose one with a plugin like theme switcher, but that also applies to the whole blog not to pages.

    WordPress Themed Categories Plugin

    as subcategory

    How to run two different themes on the main site and subdomain

  4. el tio ska
    December 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    You might take a look at post formats. Here's an explanation of what they are.

    Here, Ryan Imel of WPCandy explains how he created one.

    This is the MicroSite in question (the subject matter of the tutorial above. And this is another "site within a site" on the same main site, WPCandy.

    And here, the guys at DigWP give another tutorial on using Post Formats.

    • James Bruce
      December 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

      That's a good idea, but won't actually let you use two themes. He would need to code one theme *into* the other for specified post format. That would work, but probably too complicated for average user. Really easiest just to install another WP. 

  5. James Bruce
    December 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    No, not realisitically possible or advisable. It will cause multiple headaches, I assure you. The far easier option would be to install multiple copies of wordpress, since I assume your photography bit would be a subsection of the blog?

    You can easily upload another copy of wordpress into a sub-directory, then just give it the same database details as the main one, being sure to assign it a different db prefix (ie, call it photos_ instead of wp_)

    Unless youre talking about, in which none of this is possible at all. 

    December 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hello, the following link can help you with a possible option:

    Installing multiple blogs:

    This might interest you too as an option.  It is a plugin for WordPress called WordPress Theme switcher reloaded.

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