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Testing themes question (10 posts)

  1. tcal
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm so sorry, I know this is an obvious stupid question, but i just can't find the answer. How do I design a theme and test it without interfering with my current live site? As in, how can I preview what my site looks like with an inactive theme without activating it?

  2. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm pretty sure that there's a plugin for this somewhere on the boards, I just can't remember where it is anymore.

    Other than that, the only way that I can think of testing themes is to use a separate install on your server; or you could install WordPress on your own computer and test it out there.

  3. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

  4. chuckblue
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you have some extra room, setup a sub-folder/sub-directory on your site and install wp in there. Use it as a test blog. That way it wont affect your live blog.

  5. officesmileman
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Couldn't you create a test page and use the theme on the page?

    edit: wait, now that i check.. hmm maybe not. I thought that different themes could be applied to separate pages. Heh.

  6. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    Along with macmanx suggestion:

    http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/ThemeSwitcher

    When this is installed and activated you can pass a query in your url of the theme's name:

    http://my.site/?wptheme=My%20Test%20Theme

  7. mcmike
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I always test live :)But thats probably my inconsitancy :P :P
    But it works the best since I some what obligate myselve to make things work :) :) (owyeah I always make backups :P :P

  8. chuckblue
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    good mcmike.

    I have had more than one instance of 'oops no backups' before.

    These days I have lots of backups. And some of my backups have backups.

  9. mcmike
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    hehe yeah I had to learn the hardway also :)

  10. mcmike
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #


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