Staging Site for WordPress

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Hey, there creative business owner! Do you have a WordPress website and are worried about a new update and whether you should even think about updating because you are unsure if your website will break? If you have a self-hosted WordPress website, a staging site is a must. We create staging sites for our clients and it’s part of the website design packages we provide. So, what exactly is a staging website and why is it important to have one?


The Difference Between Staging and Production Site

Production site = Your live website that the internet sees and your clients
Staging site = This is what your website designer sees to make updates to WordPress core and other plugins to make sure everything plays nicely together and doesn’t break the functionality of the production site. Once things have been tested and everything looks good, your website designer sends all changes to the production site fairly easily within the hosting platform.


WordPress is Open Source

WordPress is open source meaning its design is publically accessible. Because of this, there is a multitude of plugins, themes, widgets, and other enhancements that are designed and developed by people all over the world, in one respect this is great because there are so many resources that are available to WordPress designers like us. But with so many free choices there are often bugs and other things that can cause plugins and other enhancements not to play nicely with one another so how do you test that? We use premium plugins usually ones you have to pay for so I don’t have to worry about the quality of its code or support if needed, some we use are free but we are very picky and have to be thoroughly tested as multiple plugins can cause slowdowns in pages and overall speed of the website but that’s a whole other topic that we will discuss in a future blog post.

Enter your staging website. Most premium hosting companies provide a staging environment that is the mirror image of your website, this is something all website designers who design WordPress websites should know. WordPress core updates, pieces of code, plugins, widgets, and theme updates can be tested without affecting the live production site for compatibility and issues. We use Siteground for all our hosting needs, they do an amazing job and their customer service is second to none. If you want to check them out I do have an affiliate link that you can use which we earn a small commission from.


The Process

From the beginning of your WordPress journey, your staging site should be created at the same time. So all changes, WP core, themes, plugins, widgets, and other code snippets should be made on the staging site, tested, and then pushed to live. That’s how the hierarchy should be in your processes.


Things to Know

Staging sites are not crawled by search engines and are not accessible to the general public, the purpose is to make sure the public and potential clients don’t have to deal with issues accessing your website, because user experience design is so important, if a client goes to your website and something doesn’t work properly or look right, the chances of them returning are slim.

Always have a staging site to accompany your WordPress website it will save you money having to pay someone to fix your production site and will make you money by keeping the public on your website that could potentially become a new client.






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