What is Staging?
A staging environment duplicates the production environment so that any evaluation of code can be tested before being placed into production.
Staging helps you to:
1. Update plugins, themes, and WordPress Core and check compatibility
2. Diagnose crashes
3. Find correct backup versions
4. Test modified or new code
Get a quick video walkthrough of Staging from here.
How to perform staging for your website in BlogVault?
Here’s a simple walkthrough to ease you into the brand new feature.
Step 1: Go to BlogVault website and sign up using your email ID.
Step 2: On the BlogVault site listing page, select the website of your choice.
Step 3: It’ll take you to the Site Detail page. In this page, choose Staging.
Step 4: Next select Creating a Staging Site under the Staging section.
Step 5: Select the Backup Version and PHP Version from the respective drop-down menu. Click Submit.
- Your Staging site is almost here!
- You will be taken to a screen where Staging is being processed.
Step 6: If you click on Return to Site Details Page button, that is, the Dashboard, before progress completes, a tiny progress spinner will be shown next to an unclickable Create a Staging Site. This is the Real-Time Progress Display of your Staging site being created.
Step 7: On completion, keep a note of the username and password provided. This will be used to access the Staging site.
- When you click on Visit Staging, you will be redirected to a blank page with a pop-up window.
- Now you will be able to access the Staging site and can make any modifications you like. Back at the BlogVault dashboard, you can view details regarding the Staging Site.
Note: When you want to share the staging site with other users, HTTP Authorization User and Password credentials are required. These are mentioned in Staging section of the dashboard.
Step 8: Click Delete button to remove the Staging site. A delete pop up confirmation will show up. This is when you are done using your staging site.
Step 9: Click Yes, Delete It button to will receive another pop-up window.
Step 10: Click Extend Expiry button, to open a similar pop-up window confirmation but this is when you need to use your staging site for the longer duration. Note that the staging site can be extended for up to 8 weeks..
Step 11: Click on Access PHPMyAdmin, to access and modify or delete staging site database in a new tab.
Note: You will receive an email when the staging of your site has been completed. It will contain SFTP details, username, and password credentials as well as the expiry timings.
Benefits of Staging in BlogVault:
● Generate test sites instantly and automatically, i.e. no setup is required.
● Independent of your site or host and backup as well. The staging site does not make any changes to your real live site or its backup. It is a separate entity.
● Accessible via SFTP and WordPress dashboard
● Other staging grounds have limited sites, storage, resources, and no SSL at all. Only 2GB worth data can be transferred in the staging site in SiteGround. On the other hand, in BlogVault, any site of any size can be a staging site.
● Both SiteGround and FlyWheel are expensive at $14.95 and $30 respectively for just staging sites. Liquid Web is extremely overpriced at $119. On the other hand, Staging feature is a part of the regular BlogVault plugin which is available even in the free trial.
● No additional charges, no add-ons, no hidden costs. We strongly believe in improving ourselves and enhancing the user, i.e. your experience!
Check out the demo video
- Click on Create a Staging Site.
- Select the backup version from which to create the staging site
- Make any modification or changes you want to test
- Review the changes without impacting the live site
Try out the Staging feature now from your dashboard here.
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