THIS PLUGIN HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED! If you are looking for an alternative, Vladimir Prelovac has written a similar plugin called Theme Test Drive – check it out!
The rest of this page should be considered for archival purposes only and is no longer open or accepting comments. This plugin code will continue to be available from Google Code for anyone to use/modify as they wish without attribution to me in any form. Have at it if you’re interested!
The Admin Theme Preview (ATP) plugin for WordPress allows for the preview of any currently installed theme without affecting the “live” blog theme viewable to site visitors. Useful for development and testing of new and existing WordPress themes.
Status: No longer being developed! I no longer run a blog and as such, am no longer developing or maintaining Admin Theme Preview. If someone would like to take over development/maintenance of this addon, feel free to do so! I’d be happy to direct traffic from here to its new home if you drop me a line :)
Installation Instructions: Unzip and place the “admin-theme-preview.php” file in the wp-content/plugins/ subdirectory of your WordPress installation. Activate the plugin in the WordPress Plugins page, then navigate to “Presentation >> Theme Preview” to preview installed themes.
Upgrade Instructions: Overwrite old version with new version :P
- This plugin does not work well, if at all, by default with caching plugins enabled such as WP-Cache. If you cannot afford to disable caching while using ATP, you can try downloading the ATP-nocache helper plugin which will attempt to append the string “?atp=nocache” to most WordPress generated links for users with permissions to run the plugin. If you add “?atp=nocache” (without the quotes) as an exception string to your caching plugin, it should allow you to use ATP properly.
- When used in a WordPress MU installation, all themes are available to be previewed regardless of any theme restrictions otherwise in place.
Support: I am no damn programmer! I am a monkey who knows just enough to be dangerous. If your site blows up as a result, I take no responsibility – ZERO. Do I think it’ll blow up? Not at all, or I wouldn’t use it myself :) This plugin was born of my personal need for such a plugin and is maintained and developed as time and motivation allow. As such, this plugin is officially unsupported. Feedback is welcome, but don’t necessarily expect a response. That said, I generally try to reply if people have questions or problems :)
Lineage: Basically just a re-worked/combined version of Ryan Boren‘s Preview Theme and Theme Switcher plugins (the latter of which was itself adapted from Alex King‘s Style Switcher plugin). They did all the work, I more or less just put a wrapper on the thing :P
- Version 1.0.2 – For WordPress 1.5.x installations
- Released November 19, 2005
[Note: This version is not maintained, buggy, probably some security holes, and may eat your children – I wouldn’t suggest using it :P]
Additional archived versions of this plugin can be obtained from the Projects Download Page, courtesy of Google Code.