Theme Test Drive WordPress Plugin

Ever since I started with this blog I have been toying around with many theme concepts. The problem is when you change a theme your visitors see the new, test theme too. That makes your blog look unprofessional. So I decided to use my programming skills and make a WordPress Plugin that will allow the administrator to independently test any theme while the visitors still use the default one. That is how Theme Test Drive was created.

When you install the plugin, go to Theme Test Drive Options found in Presentation menu and select any theme out of list of installed themes. Take a look at the site and you will see it in a new theme. Do not worry, your users will still use the default selected theme.

Visit Theme Test Drive plugin page.

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  1. Jun 28th, 2013 7:30 PM

    Vladimir - Thanks for a great test drive plug-in. I tried to post a comment, but it wasn't accepted and I have no idea how to do anything with the suggested <href.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to work with both Genesis and a genesis child theme? I have installed both, and working on the behind the scenes stuff with Genesis. How and when to do work with my installed child theme? Please not, I am a total non-techie - so I need simple and detailed information. Thanks!

  2. Jul 20th, 2008 4:19 AM


    I just want to thank you for sharing a great plugin. We're currently using it in customizing IAMWWW for a theme change with out disturbing our readers. :)

  3. marika
    Jan 11th, 2008 3:08 AM

    Vladimir, thank you for the quick reply.
    The theme I am using is MANDIGO
    I think it is a popular theme, so it would be a shame of a conflict.
    I hope you can work something out. Please let me know.

  4. Jan 9th, 2008 11:13 AM

    Marika, thanks for the feedback. I looked into the problem but could not find anything. Theme test drive is very minimalistic and does not mess up with headers or anything. Could it be that the theme you are testing is making you problems?

  5. marika
    Jan 9th, 2008 6:17 AM

    Vladimir, What an excellent plugin. Thank you.
    Still, I think there is a kind of conflict or something with counterize II, v.2.12.3 as you can see here.
    I admit I use quite a few plugins, but I need them. The test drive works fine with the other two (sidebar login and WP-Forum) once counterizeII is deactivated. So I guess it is counterizeII that fills up the keys.
    Please have a look. I would hate to deactivate any of these plugins as I find them essential to my users.
    Thanx again, Marika

  6. Dec 6th, 2007 3:11 PM

    Not at the moment but thanks for a suggestion, I'll consider adding it for next version.

  7. Dec 6th, 2007 3:03 PM

    Hi there, I have a question. I was wondering, does your plugin allowe the administrator to see what the "leave a reply" section looks like if he/she were logged out? See, since you're logged in (as admin) you won't be able to see what that part of the page looks like. :) I think that's one of the few things that theme preview plugins are missing, though unfortunately it's because of the circumstances applied to them. :)