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    I have seen a few similar questions, but they were not directly answered.  I am not interested in copying some *pages* from Active to Staging, I want to clear out (empty, wipe) Staging and make a duplicate of Active there.

    This will be VERY useful.  If I have Active customized and set up the way I like it, but I want to make some changes, then I want to be able to make an exact copy of Active in Staging to be able to play around with edits before deploying.  Not being able to do this is actually kind of a big flaw.

    I realize that the workflow is usually “Create in Staging” -> “Deploy to Active”.  But there are situations (intentional or not) where there are changes made to the Active site theme and layout, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to move those back to the Staging area.  The changes made in Active are “orphaned”.  Even if I select the same theme in Staging, the customizations are not there.  There’s no way to copy them back to staging to bring the development environment back in sync.  I’d have to manually find all of the changes and duplicate them in Staging in order to proceed.

    Is there any other way to do this?  Could I manually copy files?  Some sort of database script to make the copy?  A future feature?


    Hello KirbyG,

    Thank you for your question on cloning your Active site to Staging. Currently, there is not a feature that allows for that in BoldGrid. I am not privy to the upcoming features so I am not sure if that one is in the cards, but you can certainly request such a feature using our feedback form. Many changes we have added came from users such as yourself.

    Kindest Regards,
    Scott M


    Interesting.  In yours docs about “Active Vs.Staging”, it says “Your staged site can be a duplicate of your active or live site and where you preview changes before the public sees them.”  So… it can’t be?

    So, can you please detail the workflow for maintaining a site using BoldGrid, then?

    1. I create a site in the Staging area.
    2. I promote that site to Active.
    3. I want to make some edits, so I…  what?  Change my active site live?  Painstakingly recreate my Active site in Staging and hope I don’t forget anything?  How do I make and test changes without making a copy of my active site back to Staging?  I honestly don’t understand how this functionality is of any use in a real-world situation if this one piece isn’t there.

    Is it expected that once the design goes to Active, that any changes are made in the Active site?

    Given that this Active/Staging concept is one of the big selling points of BoldGrid, please explain in more detail exactly how a developer is supposed to use it to actually maintain a live site.


    Thanks KirbyG for trying to get to the bottom of this quagmire. I am off to less frustrating environments.


    The above dialogue was from January 2017.  This is August 2018.  Has BoldGrid made any modifications in the ensuing 19 months to allow the active site to be copied to staging?  This is extremely frustrating………

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