How to test the WordPress based themes?

If you are into WP theme development and offer all sorts of free and paid themes, then testing should be the major part of your development process. By planning everything in advance you can create a development environment which will be bug-free and quality rich. The primary aim of this article is to provide users with important information that will help you develop an error-free product for users.

There are three distinct sections in which whole development process is divided:

1. Setting up
2. Development phase
3. Final testing

Setting Up

Collecting every element can go a long way to preventing bugs and also helps in making the whole WordPress theme development quite easy. There are a million things which you can do while setting up the WordPress platform but make sure you make few mistakes possible. Given below are the few things that you need to keeping mind:

Using a network (WordPress Multisite)

There’s not much different, developing for a network installation do presents some differences in the methodology especially with plugins. Several developers use one network for the themes and make sure that they all work properly on the network installations as well.

Custom table prefix

Installing a custom table prefix helps in two different ways. First, it ensures that you don’t have to hardcode database queries. Secondly, it gives you an additional layer of security.

Enable debugging information

There are several sloppy developers in the market who leave undefined variables & other such things all over the code. To make sure that user doesn’t accidentally trigger notices, simply make sure that WP_DEBUG is set to true in wp-config.php.

During Development

Here are some useful tips and tricks to follow during theme development.

Modularity Is King

The best way to develop a theme is by following the lessons of object-oriented languages or object-oriented PHP. You might not want to code everything with classes so these will come in handy.

The Right Tools

To boost your development speed you should choose the right tool and deploy effective techniques. It will be good you do a bit of research before selecting the right tool.

LESS

Well, LESS and Sass should be in every developer’s tool belt. These two will surely help you in the whole process. There are several theme builders who avoid using LESS for CSS but it completely depends on the developer.

Switching Users

You must test different accounts to make sure users see only what they are supposed to see, especially when you are adding role-specific functionality in the theme. User switching is important and allows you to switch back and forth between accounts with a single click.

Final Testing

Once you are through with the above mentioned steps, now it’s time to put your theme in the testing phase. Try and run it on different web browsers, mobile devices etc. And if you find any bug or error, eliminate it as soon as possible. Here are some steps that will help you minimize bugs:

WordPress Theme Check

It is officially maintained by the WordPress and is an extremely useful tool for ensuring that your theme is up to spec. The first thing this tool does is to run it using varied setting and if it locate’s any errors it will simply reject it.

CloudApp and FluffyApp Link

It allows developers to quickly upload the files. The reason all the testers love this tool because it comes with a little app that can be configured to play nice with the screenshot-making process.

Summing Up

In this article, you will read about few steps that will help you come up with superb themes for your clients.

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