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Active Preview


This plugin provides the ability for users to preview a post or page and view in real-time
the changes they are making to the page within the full context of their theme.

Please upgrade to version 1.2+ if the functionality is not working with your themes. We have updated the plugin to now work with every theme. Tell us if you still see issues.

Check out the demo video!

Browser Support

  • Javascript *MUST* be enabled for this plugin to work in *ANY* browser.
  • Supported Browsers: Firefox, Chrome
  • Unsupported Browsers: IE 6, 7, or 8 (the functionality simply does not work well)
  • Other browsers may work with this plugin please provide feedback to the plugin site or forum if you test other browsers or experience issues.


  1. Extract active-preview-*.zip to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Edit a post or page in after hitting the new ‘Active Preview’ page.

Contributors & Developers

“Active Preview” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

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  • Adding backend rendering to support additional plugin preview (such as PHP markdown).
  • Correcting preview to properly display active preview page for a newly created page or post.
  • Updating html listener to ignore arrow key presses.


  • Fixing versioning issue. No functionality changes from 1.3.


  • Fixing spacing issues in html editor. Its still not perfect but a lot better.


  • Updated plugin to handle any theme. No longer does the theme need to have the default theme entry div wrapping content.
  • Fixing international versions to have the ‘Active Preview’ button to actually say ‘Active Preview’ internationalizing to come in future version.
  • Fixing issue with breaking theme preview and image upload functionality in firefox.


More updates to project readme.txt


Updates to project readme.txt


  • Fixing issue with post or page title disappearing with changes.
  • Fixing issue with selecting ‘HTML’ editing.


  • Initial Version