Testing a theme in WordPress is not a difficult task and even there is a feature available to preview new theme without activating it for live visitors, but honestly that feature is not good enough and many times we still need to activate the theme for testing it. So, if you also don’t love WordPress’s built-in theme preview feature, you’re going to love this tutorial.
In this tutorial, I’m, just going to tell you about a great WordPress plugin by which you’ll be able to test a WordPress theme without making it live.
The plugin is WP Theme Test. With this plugin, you can try any number of themes without affecting your live website. And only activate the theme once you satisfied.
So, let me tell you how to install, activate and use this plugin to test WordPress themes anytime without activating for live visitors.
Here’s How to Install & Use WP Theme Test Plugin
Go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins > Add New. Now search for “wp theme test” and hit Enter. You can either download the plugin from WordPress Plugins Repository.
After installing and activating the plugin in your WordPress site, navigate to Appearance > WP Theme Test.
Here, turn on the Current State, choose the theme you want to test with and then choose the user whom you want to display the test theme (for example if you wanna test theme yourself and you’re admin, choose Administrator as your user role) and then click on Save button.
That’s all! Now, just you need to visit the website and you will see your site in the theme you’re testing. Don’t forget, while doing so you must be logged into your WordPress dashboard, because these changes will only be visible to logged in users and even specially to them whom you selected (such as subscriber, contributor, author, administrator etc.).
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So, by using this great WordPress plugin, you will be able to test different WordPress themes without going live. Only and only YOU will be able to see the changes.
Isn’t it cool? Enjoy! 🙂