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  • So far, I’ve noticed that in order to test the theme I am coding I have to use an external editor (which in my case is TextMate on the Mac) then uploading it to the server and then activating the theme…live…to test. This seems counterintuitive as I don’t want to test the site on a live area. What other ways are there to preview test builds of a theme without having to publish it live.

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  • one word: EasyPHP

    EDIT..noticed you said you were on a maybe a few more words.

    create a subdomain or a new folder and create a test installation.


    you can download another version of WordPress into a directory called, say, test (or some other name as I’m guessing that there’s millions of “test” directories out there already in the black void) and then you can play to your heart’s content.

    When I design themes for WordPress, I use my “test” site, not my real website, so a) no one knows what I’m doing and b) any mistakes I make will not be shown on my real website.

    You can also use your test site as a theme download center if you want. It’s also handy when writing and testing new plugins and templates or if you’re wanting members to see demos in action.

    edit: dremation beat me to it! 🙂

    *laughing* Yup, Katgirl, I tend to call mine the “litterboxes”….

    Out of interest, vkaryl, how many do you run? I run two additional WordPress folders – one is a dedicated testing facility, and the other is a storage and download center of what themes actually work.

    Security is a highlight in my mind. “Test” is soooo generic, but I confess it stands out in my list of folders.

    That’s not to say that I actually use “test”. Gotta cover my butt!

    Hmmm. Last count, I had 4 “litterboxes”. And another dozen plus blogs, mine and clients. And yeah, security is a big thing, so they aren’t any of them called “sandbox” or “litterbox”, etc. [Or “test”, or “blog”, or “wp*”….]


    I’m on a Mac and I do all my testing locally on my Mac (usually) – OS X comes with a built in web server (apache) and it’s incredibly easy to get working. PHP isn’t actived by default, but again it’s rather easy to “turn on”

    If you don’t have this setup – post here in the form and I’ll make up some instructions (complete with screenshots) to get you up and running so you can test locally

    I do mine locally…I’ve downloaded and installed PHP, Apache and MySQL onto my computer. Don’t have to upload anything until the theme is fully completed. Saves a lot of time 🙂

    I also, using xampp locally. Trouble is, I’ve found that what you do locally does NOT always look the same online. Different server settings….

    So I have a buncha online test-beds too.

    vkaryl… good idea. I actually, just yesterday ran into an issue with my local environment not matching the online version and caused a minor headache… (I run php5 locally, host is still at 4.x) 🙁

    A minor one? Lucky you. Mine are generally MAJOR ones *sigh*….

    And yah, one of the biggest headache diffs is php version variance, for why I have NO clue (because I’m not a programmer I guess).

    splanters: Could you post the “how to” on setting up the Mac OS X web server?

    Thanks in Advance.

    Thanks moshu!


    I’ll work on a Mac environment write up tonight/tomorrow morning and post for you.


    I am struggling trying to get my PSD tempalte into a theme…. I mean my PSD file is all done but it’s honestly not clicking in hwo I can put together with word press…. Im sure if someone could help me out that would be dope…

    joey Dee

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