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  • This is a feature request. I have a website, which is accessible only to registered users via a login form on the front page. When I am logged in at the back end to develop the site, I want to be able to test it by opening a second instance of the site in a new tab and logging in to the front end as a user. I can’t do this with WordPress because it treats front end and back end logins as effectively the same thing: if I log in as a user, I am logged out as the administrator. The only way round it is to use two different browsers, but I find this messy. So I have to use Joomla which allows concurrent front and back end logins in the same browser, but would now prefer to build the site in WordPress which, as I see it, has better security.

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    When I am logged in at the back end to develop the site, I want to be able to test it by opening a second instance of the site in a new tab and logging in to the front end as a user.

    You may not like the answer: use a different browser with a second account.

    As you know, WordPress (like all sane web based platforms) stores it’s user status in a cookie. There is no such thing as a user logging into the site, then log into it again with a different account and maintaining both session. That would seriously confuse any platform and browsers do not work that way.

    pretty sure you can use ‘login switcher’ plugin to do what you’re looking for.
    But for me personally, i’d rather just use different browser because
    a) it keeps the two spaces very separate
    b) allows you to effectively passively keep testing in different browsers
    c) allows you to switch back and forth by a quick ‘alt-tab’ key stroke

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