Take A WP Theme
For A Test Drive
WordPress makes it super easy to change between new themes (looks) without disrupting our content…
But unfortunately, the trial and error process of finding the perfect theme can be very disruptive to our readers.
Fortunately, there’s a cool way to sneak a peek at a new theme on our blog without having to disrupt readers or resort to maintenance move.
Theme Test Drive For WordPress
You can find this plugin in your plugin search or in the repository: http://wordpress.org/plugins/theme-test-drive/
Theme Test Drive WordPress plugin allows you to safely test drive any theme on your blog as administrator, while visitors still use the default one.
It happens completely transparent and they will not even notice you run a different theme for yourself.
Best part is you can even set the testing theme options (if it has them) in the Admin panel while you are testing the theme.
You can also preview any theme by adding “?theme=xxx” to your blog URL. For example http://www.myblog.com/?theme=Default
The developer of this plugin is Vladmir Prelovac who has made and supported GPL plugins in the WP ecosystem for years. Thanks Vladmir!
How To Use Theme Test Drive Plugin
Go to Admin Panel, Design, Theme Test Drive. Select the theme you want to preview and click enable.
Additionally you may click on any of the instant preview links, or wait for a preview thumbnail to generate.
This plugin is really handy when you want to “peek” at what other themes would look like on your blog without disrupting your readers.
A very handy plugin when you need it.
You can find it here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/theme-test-drive/
~ Kim ~
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PS: Have you ever wanted to use a main theme on most of your site and a different theme on other parts (without a second installation of WP)? Turns out you can do that too.