Setting up your plugin/theme sandbox or in other words – product demos can be really painful, few tries with WP multi-site and some struggle setting up demos using in-house bash scripts, and also not to mention, you miss out on important insights into your customers.
Well.. InstaWP has solved this problem and we already have some well-known plugin authors using this feature. Check out Sandbox Examples.
First off, let’s learn a little bit about sandbox and the various options available associated with it.
What is a Sandbox?
You start by creating a Site on InstaWP and then once your Site has all the information a user may need (content, theme, plugins etc). You can add all the pro plugins & themes you want your potential customers to have access to in this Site.
Next, you will need to save this site as a template and Share it. You will get a unique URL to send it to your users or put a link on your home page.
In a shared template a.k.a Product Sandbox, you will get a variety of options such as Branding, Webhooks, Integration with Mailchimp & more.
Once you are ready, select “Enable Sharing” and click save. You will get a sharable link to the template something like this:
You can now “share” the link with your potential customers or your teammates. You have now created a WordPress sandbox or demo for your plugin / theme or service.
Awesome team at Extendify headed by Chris Lubkert has created a beautiful library of Gutenberg patterns. They have used InstaWP’s shared template feature to create a sandbox demo of their “pro” offering.
📈 We provide quick and useful insights into how many demos are created per day to the product author. In this case Extendify’s product is getting atleast 15-30 demos created per day!
Lesley, founder of Newsletter Glue, an excellent Newsletter plugin for WordPress tweeted this after setting up the product demo, in reality though, she was really kind to work with us to set this up on her own with little help from us.
How To Build It For My Product?
Follow the step by step guide on building your plugin / theme sandbox guide.
I am hosting a free webinar on “How to build a sandboxed demo for your plugin, themes or service” this week. Make sure to mark your RSVP to get meeting details, see you soon!