How to change Wix template when they won't let you

By David Nge • Last Updated: October 25, 2022

As of this writing, Wix official documentation states that there IS NOT a feature that allows you to switch templates on your Wix sites natively.

However, I found a way to work around that.

The only way to change your existing site template is to start a fresh site with a new template, copy your existing content over, and adjust your content to match the style and design of the new template.

It's fairly tedious, but the improved Wix editor has made it much easier to do this compared to a few years ago.

Here's the step-by-step walkthrough (with screenshots) on how to change your Wix template on your existing site. In summary, we'll go over:

Let's dive right in.

1. Create a new Wix site with a different template

First, sign in to your Wix account.

Go ahead and create a new Wix site.

Create a new Wix site
Create a new Wix site

You will then go through the usual site creation onboarding.

Select the type of website you want to create.

Choose a type of website to create
Choose a type of website to create

Choose any additional pages you want to add to your site.

Select additional pages to include in your site
Select additional pages to include in your site

At this point, you want to select a template to edit.

Edit a new template for your site
Edit a new template for your site

Choose a template you want to switch to. For this example, I'll use the consultant landing page to demonstrate. Hover over to the template and select Edit.

Pick a suitable template for the new site
Pick a suitable template for the new site

Great. Now you have a brand new template to work with!

A brand new site and template ready to work with
A brand new site and template ready to work with!

Keep this tab open in your browser as we'll return to this soon.

2. Copy existing content to the new site

As previously mentioned, Wix currently DOES NOT have a feature that allows you to switch templates directly within an existing site.

To work around that, you'd have to copy the content from your existing site to the new site (with the new template) and customize it accordingly.

So head over to your Wix dashboard for all sites and edit the existing site to which you want to switch the template.

Select a Wix site to edit
Select a Wix site to edit

Then head to the site editor from the top right corner.

Head to the Wix editor for the site
Head to the Wix editor for the site

Select Pages & Menu from the sidebar to bring up the site menu in the editor. This menu contains all the pages from the existing site.

Navigate to the pages menu
Navigate to the pages menu
List of pages in your current site
List of pages in your current site

Right-click on the page to which the content you want to copy and select Copy.

Copy one the pages
Copy one of the pages

Now head over to the browser tab where the new Wix site is (the tab which you kept open in the previous step) and select the Pages & Menu from the sidebar.

Head to the site menu on the new site
Head to the site menu on the new site

Right-click and paste and page that you copied previously here.

Paste the old content to the new site
Paste the old content to the new site

Make sure to rename the page accordingly.

Rename the new page that you just copied
Rename the new page that you just copied

Your page is now working in the new template!

The old content now migrated to the new site
The old content now migrated to the new site

Repeat this step for as many pages as needed from your existing site. Yes, it's tedious, but it's the only way to switch a Wix template at the moment.

Important: There are some Wix features you're not allowed to transfer to another site, such as premium apps and widgets like videos, booking, contacts, etc. You would need to recreate or reintegrate these apps/widgets on your new site.

3. Update the font, color, and site layout

Once you've copied your old content to the new site, you'll notice that most content still uses the same design!

That is technically true. When Wix copies existing page content, they copy its font style, background color, images, etc. However, the header, navigation, and footer come from the new template.

So all you have to do is change the font, color, and layout to match the new site, and it'll look like you've migrated your site to the new template.

Luckily, you can change every aspect of your site with the Wix editor, so this should be quite easy.

Below are all the changes you can make to the old content to match the new template design.

Changing fonts to match the new template

Changing the font style to match the new template is fairly easy since every Wix template has a default text theme — a selection of font styles used for every heading and paragraph for the template.

In this example, the majority of the headings in this template use Inknut Antiqua as the primary font, while all paragraphs use Helvetica Light.

You can use the default theme font by right-clicking your old content's header and selecting Edit Text.

Edit one of the header text
Edit one of the header text

Then select one of the theme headings.

Select one of the theme headings
Select the theme headings
Select one of the theme headings
Choose one of the theme headings

Here's what it looks like before and after.

The updated headings
The updated headings

Changing background colors to match the new template

Changing background color on the old content is also relatively easy because every Wix template has a Color theme by default.

Like the Text theme, the Color theme saves a few default color palettes to be used throughout the site.

You can find and edit the color theme under Site Design ➝ Site Theme ➝ Color.

Head to Site Design from the sidebar
Head to Site Design from the sidebar
Select Site Theme
Select Site Theme
Select Colors from the Site theme to customize it
Select Colors from the Site theme to customize it

To change the background color, click on any background and select Change Background Color.

Right click on the background to change its color
Right-click on the background to change its color

Then choose from one of the theme colors to apply the new background color.

Select and apply one of the theme colors
Select and apply one of the theme colors

Changing layouts to match the new template

A quick way to add a new layout that matches the current theme is to copy an existing layout from the current theme.

You can do this by adding a new page from the site menu.

Add a new page on the new template
Add a new page on the new template

When you add a new page from the site menu, Wix will automatically apply the default theme color and font styles to all the layouts.

Choose a layout
Choose a layout 

That means you can easily add, change, and edit your current site to the new theme layout!

Select a page layout that you like from any of the category pages, and you can copy a section from the current theme.

Copy the section from the new layout
Copy the section from the new layout

Then head to your old content page, and paste the new layout (right-click and paste).

Paste the section to your old content page
Paste the section to your old content page

That's it! With these simple tricks, you've now changed the outlook of your old content to the new template.

Summary

Wix doesn't allow you to switch templates natively at the moment, but you can work around that by creating a new site and copying the old content over to the new site.

You can then adjust the font, color, and layout on the new site so that it emulates the new template.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Wix templates be changed?

No, you cannot change Wix templates natively. However, you can work around that by creating a new site, copying the old content over, and adjusting the color, font, and layout to emulate the new template.

How do I change the current template in Wix?

The only way to change templates in Wix is to first create a new Wix site with a new template. Then copy the content from your old site to the new template. Finally, updating the font style, background colors, and layout to match the new template.

How to copy a Wix site?

You can copy a Wix site by navigating to the Pages & Menu section within the Wix editor. Then right-click any of the pages and select Copy.

How do I change my page design on Wix?

You can change your page design by individually updating the font style, background color, and layout. Otherwise, you can customize the default color or text theme on the Wix template.