Instantly Demo WordPress Themes and Plugins in the WordPress Repo
BoldGrid’s Cloud WordPress platform allows WordPress users to instantly and safely test any WordPress plugin or theme that’s in the WordPress repository.
How to use Cloud WordPress to test the themes and plugins of your choice:
- Identify the WordPress theme or plugin you want to test and copy it’s slug from the WordPress repo page
- Build the BoldGrid Cloud WordPress Install URL structure as shown below
With this URL, you and your users can launch a FREE WordPress instance in the cloud in seconds, pre-installed with the plugins and theme in the URL.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cloud WordPress?
With Cloud WordPress, you can create one click WordPress demo sites and use them to test websites, plugins or themes. There’s no need to create multiple sandboxes that require time and maintenance. Just point, click, and Cloud WP will generate an instant WordPress installation in the cloud.
Is Cloud WordPress free?
Yes! Each WordPress instance created using this method can be accessed without signing up for BoldGrid Central. Sign up for a free BoldGrid Central account for access to one WordPress installation indefinitely. If you need more, BoldGrid Premium can be purchased to gain an additional 15 installs and many other benefits.
What is BoldGrid Central?
BoldGrid Central allows you to manage all aspects of your BoldGrid account. Within BoldGrid Central, you can request your connect key, upgrade to a premium account, purchase copyright coins, update your contact information and more.
Am I able to test any WordPress plugin or theme?
Yes! Any plugin or theme in the WordPress repo can be auto-installed using these links. To test other themes and plugins simply upload into the dashboard like normal.
Can I share the install URL I created with anyone?
Yes! You can easily build, test and share what you’ve built with clients or teams as every Cloud WordPress instance comes equipped with a unique link. This link can be accessed without signing up for BoldGrid Central.
I already have a BoldGrid Central account with Cloud WordPress. How do I use this URL?
Build Your Custom Cloud WordPress Install URL
Follow along to create a unique URL that can be linked from a button, text and other elements on any website. The Base URL you will use is shown below, please note it will not work on it’s own.
To install a theme or plugin, add the slug from the WordPress repo page URL to the Base URL. The slug is found after theme/ or plugin/. If no theme is added the default WordPress theme will be used.
If you would like to install a theme and plugin(s), separate them in the URL by adding an ampersand.
Multiple plugins can be installed by adding commas between each plugin slug.
To put the user directly in a specific place in the dashboard, add the desired WordPress URL after the text redirect_url like shown below. The value must be URL encoded. This is not required. For example, the first URL shown below puts the user in the Customizer and the second on a new page.
Plugin and theme zips can also be installed using this custom URL structure. Zip files can be mixed with repo themes or plugins, as shown below.
Embed Custom Install URL Using an Iframe
You can put the URL you’ve created into an Iframe that can be used on any website. The following code installs the theme twentytwenty, 3 plugins (BoldGrid Backup (now called Total Upkeep), Post and Page Builder, Easy SEO) and redirects to the Customizer. You can also use the design options shown to change how the Iframe looks on the front end. The height might need to be higher if more than 3 plugins are installed, but the minimum recommended height is 700.
<iframe allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="700" frameborder="0" src="https://www.boldgrid.com/central/cloud-wordpress/try?theme=twentytwenty&plugins=boldgrid-backup,post-and-page-builder,boldgrid-easy-seo,&redirect_url=wp-admin%2Fcustomize.php"></iframe>
The result of the code above is shown below. Learn what else Cloud WordPress can do.