What is a staging site?
In it’s simplest form, a staging site is a clone of your live site that is not available on the public domain and is only accessible to listed administrators. The easiest way to create a staging site is by using a staging plugin, such as WP Staging.
Why create a staging site?
Staging sites are used when updating plugins or themes on your website. In the event that there is a clash between your update and other plugins or software, you can identify and fix these issues without your live site being affected.
Another reason to create a staging site is when you are redeveloping your website, you can create a clone of your old website so that in the event that you lose any content you have a reference other than Way Back Machine.
How to create a staging site using WP Staging
WP Staging is an easy-to-use plugin that requires minor configuration, depending on your site size and the server you are using, it should take from as little as 15 minutes to an hour to create your staging site. It also has extensive logging in the event that duplication or migration should fail.
WP Staging Workflow Process
- Use WP Staging for the migration of a production site or to clone a site for updating purposes
- customise your theme
- update or install plugins
- test that everything works on your staging site
- if everything works migrate your staging site to your live site
How to install and setup WP Staging
- Install the plugin via the admin dashboard
- ‘Plugins’ > click ‘Add New’
- Search the plugins WordPress.org plugin directory for ‘WP Staging’
- Install the plugin with ‘Install Now’
- After installation go to the settings page > ‘Staging’ > make adjustments
Watch the video on how to create a staging site with WP Staging!
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