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How to create a staging environment for WordPress

Creating a Staging Environment for WordPress at
At, we recommend setting up a staging environment for testing and previewing changes to your WordPress site before pushing them live. A staging site allows you to safely experiment with new plugins, themes, updates, and other modifications without affecting your live production site. Here's how to create a staging environment for WordPress:
Create a Subdomain or Subdirectory
o Option 1: Create a subdomain (e.g.,
o Option 2: Create a subdirectory (e.g.,
Copy Your Live Site to the Staging Environment
o Use a plugin like WP Staging, Duplicator, or BackupBuddy to create a complete copy of your live site's files, database, and uploads.
o Transfer the copied files to your staging subdomain or subdirectory.
Configure the Staging Site
o Update the site URL and home URL in the WordPress settings to match your staging environment.
o Disable any caching plugins, email notifications, and scheduled tasks that may interfere with testing.
o Consider using a coming soon plugin or password protection to restrict public access.
Test and Make Changes • Install and test new plugins, themes, or updates on the staging site. • Experiment with content changes, layout modifications, or other customizations. • Ensure everything works as expected before pushing changes to your live site.
Push Changes to Live Site • Once you're satisfied with the changes on the staging site, use a plugin or manual process to migrate the updated files and database to your live site. • Alternatively, you can replace the live site with the staging site if you prefer a fresh installation.
Benefits of Using a Staging Environment at
• Safely test changes without affecting your live site
• Catch and fix issues before they go live
• Collaborate with team members or clients on a private testing environment
• Streamline the development and deployment process
By following these steps, you can create a reliable staging environment for your WordPress site hosted at, ensuring a smooth and risk-free process for implementing changes and updates.

Updated on: 08/05/2024

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