Ben Gillbanks of Pro Theme Design has launched WPThemePreview.com, a site that will allow anyone to test a number of commercial WordPress themes — both their design and their custom control panels —before purchasing them. Right now the themes included are just from Pro Theme Design (Gillbanks’ own) and Startbox, though it seems he has plans to add more over time.
Gillbanks said that the site was born out of his own frustrations:
WordPress Theme Preview is a site, born from a frustration at the inability to preview the administration pages on premium WordPress content. There’s many sites that allow you to preview how the sites look, but it’s really hard to see how they will work with your content, and how flexible are the theme options? Well now you can find out.
Purchase links on WPThemePreview.com are all affiliate links, which seems to be Gillbanks plan for making money on the project.
Would you use a service like this to test out a theme’s backend before purchasing it?