when switching themes everything is lost.
Is it supposed to be that way here?
What themes did you switch between?
If you switch to a theme that doesn't use the same area names, content in those areas won't display.
The content should not be gone, just not displayed.
It is generally best not to create a full site and then switch themes. Switching themes is better done earlier in the process.
Someone else might be able to comment about the best approach to renaming areas on an active site to match another theme.
Also seems like Fruitful is not customizable like Elemental with the customize button that gives you access to all the colors of the sections etc.
I think I need to learn a little CSS and then I should be able to do anything?
I have only used Dreamweaver for the last 10 yrs then spent about 2 months trying to learn Joomla and Rockettheme/Gantry. That was a waste of time. I am not a developer and I am just now breaking into Concrete5 but I am loving what I see.
Saw another mention rolling back to 5.6, is that something I should consider or just learn the latest and greatest?
I would read the documentation on theme making.
$a= new Area('Area Name');
You will have to go through and make these consistant. Take notice of where it says 'Area Name' look at the code on the theme you used when you inserted your content. Then, change the area names on your new theme to be consistent. Once you do that, your content will populate.
If your area name is 'main', a table cell named "main" will be created in your database. If you change your theme and the area name is 'body' instead of 'main', the CMS will look in the database for the table cell named 'main' and it will not return any content because there will be nothing there. Naming the editable areas consistanly will ensure your data populates properly.