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Set up a staging site for my Managed WordPress site

A staging site lets you build and test your website without modifying the content visitors see on the live production site. Here are some things you should keep in mind when using a staging site:

  • All Managed WordPress plans (except Basic) have a staging site for each live website. If you have a Basic plan, you must upgrade your account to have a staging site.
  • Staging sites use a domain we automatically generate for you. You cannot choose a different domain or add another domain to the staging site.
  • Your staging site is persistent. We don't destroy and create staging sites for you whenever you push or pull content from them. This can explain some synchronizing issues you might experience.

How do I use a staging site?

Your staging site starts as a fresh install of WordPress hosted alongside your production site. You can pull the contents of your production site into the staging site. When your work is complete, you can push the changes you made on the staging site into production to make them live.

This is the normal order of operations to get started with a staging site:

  1. Create my staging site
  2. Pull my production site into staging
  3. Access my staging site
  4. View my staging site
  5. Push my staging site into production

Once you finish testing or troubleshooting, you can remove your staging site.

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