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Theme Test Drive

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

10 reviews
Average Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
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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.

Doesn't work.
By , for WP 4.1.1

Going to guess that this plugin works with some themes and not others. Installed, doesn't work.

Beware! Theme doesn't work? This Plugin breaks WordPress
By ,

If the theme isn't working properly, then it messes up the entire wordpress website. Your website will still be up, but wordpress will turn up a blank page under administrator! You won't be able to change anything!

lost widgets, sidebars & access to server
By , for WP 4.1.1

Lost everything

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.

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!

Did not work for me
By ,

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.

broke all menu and widgets for live users
By ,

Was a great idea to preview the theme, but when I wanted to update the menu or widgets it broke the entire live theme, not working as suggested by author that you can modify theme settings..

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