One of the benefits of having Managed WordPress hosting with 10Web is having an easy way to create a staging website.
What’s a staging website?
It’s basically an exact copy of your production website where you can test plugins, themes, and custom codes, before going to production.
How to create your staging website
Creating a staging environment is super easy. You need to just open 10Web dashboard, click “Staging,” and then “Enable now.”
Your staging website is created.
The darker interface indicates that you’ve already switched environments and can install new plugins or make any other changes without affecting your live website.
How to push staging live
Tested out and liked the changes and want to push them live? Click “Manage Environment” in the left menu and then “Push staging to live.”
Enter your subdomain into the field below and click “Push to live:”
That’s it! You may have to wait for a few minutes though before the changes to the live site are made. We will also automatically backup your whole website before making the changes in case you want to reverse them.
How to delete or sync your staging website
If you don’t need your staging website anymore, just click “Disable” from the “Manage Environment” menu subsection.
If you’ve made some changes to your live website and want your staging environment to reflect them, click “Sync with live” from the same “Manage Environment” section.
A few staging things to keep in mind
1. Caching is disabled
Staging websites are for development purposes so their caching is disabled. Don’t be surprised when your staging site loads slower.
2. Indexing is off
Indexing staging websites would register as duplicate content by Google bots so it’s turned off by default. This is to make sure your SEO works well and your website ranks high.
3. Admin credentials
Staging websites have the same admin credentials as your WordPress website unless you change them after creating a staging site.
4. Login URL
If you’re using a plugin that changes the default WordPress login URL, your staging site’s login URL will also be different.
5. Social Scheduling Plugins
Please deactivate any social scheduling plugins, such as CoSchedule, on your staging site to prevent them from sharing your staging pages.
6. Staging is strictly for development/testing
Staging websites are created for testing and development only so they don’t function properly as actual websites. Please don’t use staging sites as live ones.
Have any further staging-related questions? We likely have the answers. Leave us a question below in the comments!
When planning the structure of your new WordPress blog, make sure to add these 10 features: Engaging homepage, Post categories, SEO-friendly pages and posts, Author pages, Subscription, Reading time estimation, Ads, Comments, Contact form, 10Web
Want to learn some advanced tips for protecting your WordPress website? Our advanced WordPress security guide is what you’re looking for!
Why optimize images in the first place? Images often account for most of the data downloaded online, so if you constantly use high-resolution images on your website it can cause several issues, all particularly notable for smartphone and tablet users: High-resolution images cause long load times, which boost your bounce rate, and consequently have an adverse impact on your conversions. Long load time impact SEO: Slow websites are generally ranked lower by the search engines. If you have a high-volume website load, it will consume huge internet bandwidth from your visitors and cause real problems for those who have limited bandwidth. The solution to these issues is optimizing your website’s images. There is a number of techniques for image optimization on the web, but today we will focus on solutions available for websites created with WordPress. Images can be optimized in a few ways, but the most popular way is…