Once in a while, you may find some WordPress themes that you wish you could test it on your site but you don’t want your visitors to see it on your live website. WordPress does has this ‘Preview’ feature but it is not good enough for actual testing. Or sometimes, you may have the need to put your website into maintenance mode for upgrades. This would make your website temporarily unavailable to public access.
So how do you test out a new theme/function without going live? Fortunately a simple plug-in provides the answer.
Theme Test Drive
Theme Test Drive WordPress plugin allows you to safely test drive any theme on your blog as administrator, while visitors still use the default one. It happens completely transparent and they will not even notice you run a different theme for yourself.
Device Theme Switcher
Device Theme Switcher is a WordPress plugin which delivers one of your WordPress themes to handheld visitors and another theme to tablet visitors. Computer visitors are given the active theme in 'Appearance > Themes'.
CGC Maintenance Mode
is a plugin for WordPress that is designed to make it extremely easy to safely perform upgrades and maintenance on your site. While in maintenance mode, unauthorized users are sent to either a WordPress page, external URL , or custom template. Authorized users, specified by IP, are permitted to see the site as normal.
This plugin allows you to quickly swap between user accounts in WordPress at the click of a button. You'll be instantly logged out and logged in as your desired user. This is handy for test environments where you regularly log out and in between different accounts, or for adminstrators who need to switch between multiple accounts.
Jonradio Multiple Theme
Its a powerful, yet easy to use plugin which allows administrator to assign custom themes for different pages and posts. Website’s administrator even get option to assign custom wordpress theme for category pages, archives and for homepage. Its a perfect plugin for those who want to make their website more beautiful, attractive and user friendly.