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designcise
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How do you set up a demo for a plug-in? Do you guys create user roles with less privileges and allow people to log on to the admin area and try out the plugin, or is there anything else out there that might help?

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radykal
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First create a user with ‘read’ capability, for the demo set also the capability of your admin page to read.

If you have buttons in your admin to save the changes, use the current_user_can and the disabled function of wordpress.

For example:
<input type="submit" value="Save Changes" <?php disabled(current_user_can('manage_options'), false ) ?> />

This will disable the button if the user can not manage the options.

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designcise
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thanks radykal .. that’s the sort of thing i had in mind too, but without saving changes, you think people will really get the ‘feel’ of the plugin? isn’t there a way where you could say rollback changes each user made?

i saw sometime back i think a plugin that lets you create demos or something, any idea about this?

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mordauk
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It all depends on the plugin. I have actually never setup a live demo for any of my plugins, but I do record videos and show lots of screenshots.

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designcise
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i’ve had many requests for the live preview of my plugin, plus it would sell better i think if there’s a live preview

i wonder if there’s a robust solution for this

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radykal
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Yes this is also possible but I think more complicated and could take time so it runs smoothly.

You can store the IP of the user and the coresponding changes he made. I think transients could help you with that.

I made a demo logins with the top exlplained solution for my wp plugins. Check out my wp plugins, in the description you find the demo login.

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Philo01
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mordauk said
It all depends on the plugin. I have actually never setup a live demo for any of my plugins, but I do record videos and show lots of screenshots.

+1 :) Same here! I often have a live demo of the front-end and a screencast of both the front/back-end. If you want to allow users to have access to a back-end, I recommand that you setup a cronjob that reset’s all data every 30 minutes. Because users always find a way to mess up the demo. :P

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ZoomIt
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Philo01 said
Because users always find a way to mess up the demo. :P

+1 , there are always wise guys who will mess try to mess with the demo..

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