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
Any chance this plugin will be updated?
By , for WP 4.0

Hi, I used this plugin with my last theme test and it worked great! However, it looks like it may not work with the latest version of WordPress. Any change this plugin will be updated? I'd love to continue using it...

No longer works
By , for WP 4.0

This no longer works with the lastest version of WordPress at all. Just a bunch of gobbly gook when I go to view theme.

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By , for WP 3.9.1

switched the theme and tested it. works like a charme.

Good idea... on paper
By , for WP 3.9.1

I might be using it wrong, but the fact that you canĀ“t assign Widgets or Menus to the "testing" theme renders this plugin nearly useless. I ended up making a duplicate of the install on a different folder (as usual)

Does not work for newer versions of WordPress
By , for WP 3.8.1

I've used this plugin in the past which been a great help to me.
I'm sad to see that it's not updated anymore and does not seem to work at all with newer versions of WordPress.

Thanks for as long it lasted!

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Definitely works for previewing pages of your site under different themes
By , for WP 3.8.1

Definitely works for previewing pages of your site under different themes by specifying the URL _GET parameter '?theme=themename'.

Make sure that the 'themename' matches the folder name of '/wp-content/themes/themename'

So if you want to preview your site with the Twenty Twelve theme, the appropriate URL would be:

http: // yoursite.com/?theme=twentytwelve

Did not work for me
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Initially, it DID work for me. Only I could see any changes to the site. I had my site open on another computer next to me, constantly checking to see if any changes made their way across from my possible new theme to my current theme. And they did. When I made some minor changes in the WordPress theme customizer, the background colour of my current theme was changed to that of the theme I was testing. I then spent a few frantic minuets trying to correct the problem, as my nice blue-white gradient had been replaced with a cream-grey that clashed horribly.

In other words, I could not install, tweak and test plugins without breaking the visitor experience, as advertised. Hence, 1 star.

simplified theme testing!
By , for WP 3.4.2

great work. this makes theme development much easier! widgets are not working in preview but thats a negligible problem. its a real relief to be able to test a complete site with a new theme.

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