How to Create a WordPress Staging Site
Whether you’re just making a few updates to your WordPress website, or you’re completely redesigning it with a new Theme, it’s always a good idea to use a staging site. This allows you to work in a safe environment that won’t affect your live website until you’re ready. Follow the steps in this article to set up your development website using our Cloud WordPress platform.
Create a new Cloud WordPress Snap
- Log into BoldGrid Central and navigate to Cloud WordPress.
- Navigate to My Snaps -> Create A Snap.
- Select any theme, for example, Twenty Nineteen, then click Continue.
- On the Select Plugins screen, search for Total Upkeep and click select.
- Optionally, if you have a premium license, navigate to Custom URL and enter the URL https://repo.boldgrid.com/boldgrid-backup-premium.zip and name it Total Upkeep Premium.
- Save the Snap as any name you like, for example, BoldGrid Staging.
- Once the Snap has saved, click Install.
- You’ll now be able to use this Snap any time you need to create a new WordPress staging site.
Option 1: Clone your Live Website to Staging
If you want to make a complete replica, or “clone” of your live website to make tweaks or updates, follow these steps to make a complete backup and copy of your WordPress website.
- On your live website, install the Total Upkeep plugin if you do not already have it installed.
- Navigate to Total Upkeep -> Backup Archives. Create a new backup, or choose one that you already have, and click View Details.
- Click Get Download Link and then copy the URL to your clipboard.
- On your Cloud WordPress staging website, navigate to Total Upkeep -> Backup Archives -> Upload Backup.
- Paste the URL from step 3 into the Download URL Address field, and click upload.
- Once it has uploaded, click on View Details -> Restore.
Option 2: Import Your Content Only
If you are making a completely new website design, follow these steps to import your posts, pages, and media into your WordPress staging site.
- On your live website, navigate to Tools -> Export.
- Leave the option for All Content selected, and click Download Export File.
- On your Cloud WordPress staging website, navigate to Tools -> Import.
- Underneath the WordPress option, click Install Now -> Run Importer.
- Leave the default options to import the post and page authors, and select the option for Download and Import File Attachments, and then click Submit.
Congratulations! You’re now ready to start working on your new WordPress staging website. Make customizations, try out some new themes or plugins, and create a great new website. For the next steps, see Making your WordPress Staging Website Live.
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