Looking for WordPress staging plugins so that you can easily set up a safe test environment for your WordPress site?
To put it simply, a staging site is a clone of your live website residing in your own desktop, host server, or the WordPress staging plugin’s server. It’s a testing ground where you can safely try out changes, and is commonly used in the development process of any website. Since it’s not accessible to the public nor for indexing by search engines, you can work away from the public eye.
In this post, we share five free and paid plugins that you can use to create a WordPress staging site.
Let’s dig in…
Five best WordPress staging plugins
BlogVault is primarily an automatic off-site WordPress backup solution, but it also offers a built-in staging feature. It’s easy to create a development site for WordPress, with one-click clones setup on BlogVault servers.
The staging feature is included with any BlogVault plan. There’s a seven-day free trial, and plans start $7.40 to $ 20.75 per month for a single site, depending on the features that you need. Prices go up from there for additional sites.
Number of websites:
The number of websites depends on your plan. BlogVault offers pre-set plans for one, five, and 20 websites. If you need staging sites for additional websites, you can opt for the Agency plans.
Ease of use:
One-click staging from a central dashboard, sets up staging sites in less than 10 seconds. After testing, merge changes selectively or fully, in just two clicks.
Other key features:
- Webmail and Google indexing automatically stopped for staging sites
- Flexible access via SFTP and phpMyAdmin
- Possible to check live and staging site simultaneously to compare changes
- Passwords to protect all staging copies and HTTP authentication to prevent unauthorized access
- Works with any host and with any number of sites
BlogVault allows use on multiple sites across multiple hosts, so it’s ideal for smooth management of client sites.
2. WP Staging
WP Staging creates an exact copy of your website in a subfolder of your main WordPress installation. The distinctive orange admin bar on top constantly reminds you that you’re working on the staging site.
There’s a free version that lets you clone your website. That is, you can use your live site to create a staging site for free.
This article was written by Priya and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.