How to Create Staging Site for WordPress

So, you want to have a staging WordPress website but do not know how to create one? for that you just need to follow simple steps to complete the process. Although you might be having some questions like the one below…

What is a Staging WordPress Website…..?

Developer creates staging website to test the updates and do technical experiments without going live on the internet. Basically, creators create staging websites, when they want to test plugins or may make some changes on the developer end but do not want to disturb their authority site.

Whenever a WordPress update comes along, it is required to set up a staging environment to play safe with the website that you have grown over the years.

A staging Website is a clone website the uses for testing purposes before publishing it on the internet, whatever the development happens if there is an error, it will show up on the staging site.

You can also install WordPress on a local machine drive like windows & Mac, just install the bitnami WordPress stack Manager tool on the local machine and host staging website locally, this tool will also work as a full-fledged website that you can play around with and also do some development work.

One of the biggest cons of the staging website running on the local server is that sometimes things that work on the local machines might have some problems on a live server, due to different conditions of both the server.

Most of the time changes happen due to the different configurations of the server, but fortunately, your staging site is going to be created on the same server as your live website, so there will not be any errors.

Namcheap WordPress Staging Website

There are multiple ways to create a Staging site with WordPress we will use the most popular and the easiest one which is using the inbuilt feature provided by the hosting service provider.

The most popular WordPress hosting providers offer inbuilt features to create a Staging website with just only one click. To find out that your hosting provider has this option or not, just go to the C-Panel provided by the hosting and search for Staging.

In the case of the hosting provider that does not provide an inbuilt option, we can also use the manual solution and we can also create a Staging website using plugins.

Since we are using Namecheap as our hosting provider, we will provide you with the steps related to their process.

Create A Staging WordPress Website On Namecheap

NameCheap is known as a popular domain registrar but they have significantly good hosting like EasyWp. Regarding Namecheap as a hosting provider, we have discussed the best option between Bluehost vs Namecheap, you can check it out later. For now below are the steps to follow:

Softaculous dashboard for hosting
  • To navigate the option you have to login into your hosting account, then go to Softaculous and then click on open.
  • When you open the installation page you will see all the website installation that are installed with your hosting provider as you see in the screenshot.
  • Select the installation for which you want the Staging website.
    • For example, if you want to create a Staging website for wordpress then choose the WordPress installation and then click on create Staging.
  • Enter the information which is required to start the staging process.
  • Input the http:// Protocol, Domain Name, Directory(Name could be anything), Database name.
  • After entering the name click on the Create staging.
  • Done.

WordPress Staging Plugins

Staging Plugins are used when there is not inbuilt option available for the cloning or staging of the website with the hosting provider dashboard. These plugins makes our work way easy then doing it through manual ways.

1. UpdraftClone

This is staging plugins for WordPress which created by the backup we all use UpdraftPlus. This plugins will easily able to create copies of your WordPress Website by using the UpdraftClone. To setup the plugins you can download it from WordPress plugin store, we would recommend not to download it from third-party store due to various malware practices.

Once you download the plugin it easy to setup, just follow the through, you can also setup the time period limit for the existence for the WordPress site. To clean the website it also offer One-Click feature for non-techie users.

2. All-in-one-WP Migration

This is a migration plugin, it also creates backup for WordPress website, although we can also create the staging website. Since it is very popular service it has around 3+million active installation on the WordPress store. There are feature that we wanna point out.

  • This plugins allow you export files from your WordPress directory like theme files or database files.
  • Compatible with most of the WordPress updates and hosting server, it can work with all the PHP version above v5.2
  • If you paid for premium version of the plugin, then you will also have the premium support for complex problem.

These plugins are best in our opinion and both are freemium products which means you can start using these without paying firsthand, these can also be used for other purposes like backup and restoring, which is also a required part when running a website.

Done.

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