Plugin Reviews

Theme Test Drive

Safely test drive any theme as an administrator, while visitors use the default one.

46 reviews
Average Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
works fine
By ,

nice and simple solution to test a theme. be careful with widgets and custom settings for other plugins. thanks

Doesn't work
By , for WP 4.4.2

Same experience as walkerdesigngroup: doesn't work! :( I feel so frustrated...

Great tool to test themes
By , for WP 4.4.2

A great tool to preview new themes to see if it's worth changing. Especially for someone that's not very technical. A+

Great for thgeme developers
By , for WP 4.4.1

Great tool for theme developers to test theme dev on live site, without impacting the live site. Great for test drives, compatiblity checking, and also side by side eval of themes you're building when you have one version at an alpha stage and want to test beta changes, then switch back for next dev stage.

Note for newbies and the clueless -- this plugin does *not* allow you to build out an entire site, set all options, menus, widgets, and then switch site live with the test version.

This is intended to TEST a theme you're not going to switch on from the TEST phase. WP does not support keeping widgets intact when changing themes, natively since the functions file changes which specifies which widgets are being instantiated (duh).

So, it works wonderfully for its intended purposes.

it does NOT make coffee, however, damn it ! :-)

Does the job well
By , for WP 4.4.1

Works well and haven't encountered any issues at all. Thank you Vladimir.

works as advertised
By , for WP 4.4

When I consider a new plugin, I first read all the "1" reviews, noticing the dates and WP versions. Then I look at the "5" reviews, again noting the dates/WP versions.

I was a little scared to try this plugin because of the negative reviews ... but I'd already activated it, and had backed up my site before doing that, so I took a chance.

But, it's all worked out just fine: it's doing what I'd hoped and needed.

What a relief.

I didn't give it 5 stars because it seems to require more than my "junior geek" level of skill and understanding to use (limited web design knowledge, completely self-taught).

But, that means I can't fully evaluate its
capabilities: it might be a 5, or it might be a 3; I don't have the expertise to know which it is.

By , for WP 4.3.1

This plugin had become one of my lifelines in testing and developing themes. Works perfect!

Stop releasing beta, untested versions of plugins to the public!
By , for WP 4.2.4

This plugin worked fine in the test phase, however when I deactivated it, I lost all my widgets, in the widget areas I coded in. Finnicky plugins like this shouldn't be allowed to be distributed, I used this on a site I was developing at work, now I have to contact my hosting support, restore the site, do everything the hard way to work around this crappy plugin. All the while there is a client waiting for their new theme to be released.

By , for WP 4.2

Used it to perfect results. Saved me a lot of trouble as I'm not tech-savvy.

Working great
By , for WP 4.2.2

This plugin is working properly and it is a lifesaver. You can adjust your next theme under visitor's nose :) Great plugin.

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