Generally, activating WordPress plugins for eCommerce stores and other websites have the risk of compatibility issues with different server configurations and other WordPress plugins. That is why we need to conduct some tests to see how these plugins work and behave in connection with other plugins.
This is mostly important for eCommerce websites that produce revenues on a daily basis. A bad plugin potentially can crash the whole server, disabling the checkout page, disabling the layout, and therefore confusing potential customers, messing up parts of the database so the rest might become unuseful.
Despite backups might be in place, there is still a risk that the issues are discovered too late and days pass until one notices it. So yes, one should always have a backup ready for emergencies but in the first place, one should try to avoid having to shut down the website to restore a backup, especially for high-traffic generating eCommerce sites.
Discapacitaging users from reaching the checkout page potentially can cause huge financial damage for eCommerce store owners. Webshop owners don’t want to take the risk of losing revenues such as for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads Stores in case some of the plugin updates go wrong.
Implementing WordPress plugin updates directly on a live server bears a lot of potential risks. Therefore, one needs a better strategy for updating the website with new WordPress plugins.
We operate several stage and development servers for exactly this reason. As we are developing WordPress plugins to enhance conversion rates of eCommerce Stores, we always have to carefully check for compatibility and server related issues to ensure our Web Stores keep functioning smoothly and without being affected by WordPress Plugin compatibility issues.
This article will shed some more insights into how to operate development, stage, and production servers in concert for WordPress Plugin development purposes.
Four Different Types of Servers for WordPress Sites
Before anything else, let’s go through and get yourself familiarized with the different types of servers that you will most likely need to use.
1. Development Server: This is a type of server that is designed to facilitate the development and testing of programs, websites, software, or applications for software programmers. It provides a run-time environment, as well as all hardware/software utilities that are essential to program debugging and development.
2. Stage Server: This is a type of server that is used to test software, website, or service in a production-similar environment before being set live. It is part of a staging environment or staging site, where it serves as a temporary hosting and testing server for any new software or websites. In other words, here is a server where you conduct Compatibility Tests to see how the plugins interact in a near life scenario,
3. Production Server: This is a type of server that is used
This article was written by Elle Rish and originally published on ManageWP.