As WordPress passed another milestone of 40% market share, the environment for WordPress developers seems to reach a new dimension as well. In the last few months, testing tools for developers sprung up like mushrooms.
Those include DevKinsta, Local by Flywheel, and the newest kid on the block, TasteWP by Inisev.
This article introduces TasteWP and then compares it to local testing tools, making transparent its PROs and CONs as well as which tools are useful for which scenarios.
TasteWP spins up a WP instance with one click
Within a few seconds, TasteWP creates a new WordPress site. You don’t even need to be logged in – just click on “Set it up!” on their homepage.
You can also sign up first, which rewards you with an extended expiration time of your sites – 7 instead of the regular 2 days for non-logged-in users.
If you want to make your site not expire at all, you can even use TasteWP’s affiliate system. After setting up a new site you’ll see your affiliate link (if you’re logged in). Share the link to get one non-expiring site for every three referred users who sign up (up to 3 non-expiring sites).
To tailor the new site to your needs, use the “Advanced set-up” option where you can define:
- PHP version
- WordPress version
- WordPress config options
- Pre-installed plugins and themes
- Custom site name
This makes it easy to test things out. For example, plugin and theme developers can test their products on different PHP or WordPress version combinations.
To manage your sites, log in to TasteWP and use the dashboard to access and delete sites, change the PHP version, disable all plugins in one go and download debug logs.
Set up sites with pre-installed plugins and themes
TasteWP also allows you to set up sites via the URL https://tastewp.com/new/ alone. Click on it to try it out.
If you want to have certain plugins pre-installed (and activated), just add ?pre-installed-plugin-slug=(pluginslug) to the above-mentioned URL. Simply replace “(pluginslug)” with the plugin’s slug as it’s used in the WordPress plugin directory (the slug is the last part of the URL of the plugin’s profile page).
For example, https://tastewp.com/new/?pre-installed-plugin-slug=akismet will spin up a WordPress instance with the Akismet plugin pre-installed.
You can add up to 5 pre-installed plugins with this trick. Just replace the “?” with
This article was written by Nick Ahmann and originally published on WP Mayor.