If you sell premium WordPress themes then it is important to make sure that you provide a live preview of the theme. Customers don't want to view pictures of the theme, customers want to be able to use the theme they are purchasing.
The best way to setup a preview for your theme is to setup a new WordPress site add some dummy content so that the customer can view this theme before they buy it.
But what happens if you have more than one theme to sell, you can setup multiple sites per theme so that you can show all the features of this one theme. But if they have similar functionality it will be better for the customer to be able to switch between different themes so that they can find the right one they like before they buy.
WordPress Theme Demo Bar
There is a WordPress plugin that will add a bar at the top of the wordpress site that allows users to select a theme to preview on the site.
This bar will allow the user to easily switch between different themes, so that they can preview the theme before buy it.
Some of the features include:
- Preview any wordpress theme without activating it.
- A demo bar will be shown on top of the page, allow users to preview another theme.
- The demo bar can be deactivated.
- You can hide your themes that are private.
- You can load extra CSS files (more than one)
- Demo Bar can be always on top now
- You can cusmotise the look & feel of Demo Bar using CSS
- Auto collection of popularity count (number of previews) of each theme.
- Persistent preview, all internal links will be auto edited to keep the ?themedemo= variable.
- Persistent preview can be turned off by the visitors by closing the demo bar (all links will then be reverted back automatically)
- NEW Support child themes
- NEW With "Individual Theme Settings", you can now display a link to theme info page and download/buy page at demo bar
- NEW You can now display theme info, such as number of previews or preview URL using shortcode
- NEW To make the process easier, you can use media button to add it (see screenshot : Media Button)
- NEW You can do that in template files too, using the newly added template tag function
- NEW Now you can edit other theme's options (functions.php) without activating it
- NEW Widget available to show "Select Theme" drop-down menu (for your visitor to preview non-private themes)
- NEW New template tag function
wptdb_list_themes()to display drop-down menu