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Settings provide many different ways to Select which Theme should appear where on your WordPress web site:
- Just for Site Home
- By URL (Version 5 adds support for Query keyword=value as part of a unique URL);
- By Prefix URL, matching all URLs that begin with the same characters (“Prefix URL”);
- By Wildcard Prefix URL with one or more Asterisks (“*”) representing arbritrary subdirectories in the URL;
- By Query Keyword found in any URL, not matter what the Value;
- By Query keyword=value found in any URL;
- By Sticky Query keyword=value that sets the Theme for a given Visitor until an Override Query keyword=value is found in a future URL (Advanced Setting requiring the Visitor’s browser to accept Cookies; incompatible with certain plugins that block Cookies);
- Everywhere (Advanced Setting that overrides the WordPress Active Theme);
- All Pages (Advanced Setting that works with most, but not all, Themes and Plugins);
- All Posts (Advanced Setting that works with most, but not all, Themes and Plugins).
None of the Themes in the WordPress Theme Directory alter the appearance of the WordPress Admin panels. As a result, this plugin does not allow Theme Selection entries to specify URLs for WordPress Admin panels.
Use with Paid Themes: On-going full scale testing of Themes by this plugin’s author is only possible if the Theme is found in the WordPress Theme Directory. Although (Version 5 of) this plugin should now work with all Themes, any problems encountered while using Paid Themes will be difficult to diagnose. As described in the FAQ tab, a WordPress Network (Multisite) is an alternative to this plugin, as a way to create a single web site with more than one Theme.
A similar situation exists with Paid Plugins.
Use with Plugins that Cache: You may find that you have to flush the Cache whenever you change Settings in the jonradio Multiple Themes plugin. Some Caching plugins only cache for visitors who are not logged in as users, so be sure to log out before testing the results of your jonradio Multiple Themes settings.
Changing Theme Options (Widgets, Sidebars, Menus, Templates, Background, Header, etc.)?: After installing and activating the plugin, see the plugin’s Settings page and click on the Theme Options tab for important information on changing Options for Themes other than the Active Theme.
How it Works: The plugin does not change the Active Theme defined to WordPress in the Appearances-Themes Admin panel. Instead, it dynamically (and selectively) overrides that setting. Which means that simply deactivating (or deleting) this plugin will restore the way that Themes were displayed prior to installing this plugin. However, in some situations, it is possible to inadvertently alter Theme Options for the Active Theme when using either of the Methods described on the plugin’s Setting page Theme Options tab.
This plugin was recently adopted by David Gewirtz and ongoing support and updates will continue. Feel free to visit David’s Lab Notes for additional details and to sign up for emailed news updates.
Special thanks to Jon ‘jonradio’ Pearkins for creating the plugin and making adoption possible.
IMPORTANT: Support has moved to the ZATZLabs site and is no longer provided on the WordPress.org forums. Please visit the new ZATZLabs Forums. If you need a timely reply from the developer, please open a ticket.
This section describes how to install the jonradio Multiple Themes plugin and get it working.
- Use Add Plugin within the WordPress Admin panel to download and install this jonradio Multiple Themes plugin from the WordPress.org plugin repository (preferred method). Or download and unzip this plugin, then upload the
/jonradio-multiple-themes/directory to your WordPress web site’s
- Activate the jonradio Multiple Themes plugin through the Installed Plugins Admin panel in WordPress. If you have a WordPress Network (“Multisite”), you can either Network Activate this plugin through the Installed Plugins Network Admin panel, or Activate it individually on the sites where you wish to use it. Activating on individual sites within a Network avoids some of the confusion created by WordPress’ hiding of Network Activated plugins on the Plugin menu of individual sites. Alternatively, to avoid this confusion, you can install the jonradio Reveal Network Activated Plugins plugin.
- Be sure that all Themes you plan to use have been installed.
- Select Themes to be used on the Settings or Advanced Settings tab of the plugin’s Multiple Themes plugin Settings page in the WordPress Admin panels, which is found in both the Appearance and Settings sections. You can also get to this Settings page by clicking on the Settings link for this plugin on the Installed Plugins page of the Admin panel.
- If you need to change Theme Options (Widgets, Sidebars, Menus, Templates, Background, Header, etc.) for any Theme other than the Active Theme, see the plugin’s Settings page and click on the Theme Options tab for important information.