12.1 WPMU DEV Hosting Staging

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You can create a staging site by visiting the Staging tab of your Hosting Hub. Simply follow the prompts there to create and access your new staging site, which is a full copy of your live site. Perfect for trying out new plugins or themes, proofing content changes, and other development work.

Important Notes About Staging

  • Password Protection is required for staging to help ensure that staging sites aren’t indexed by search engines and that your staging site is not visited by the public. The password is not the same as any WordPress user account and can be set from your Hosting Hub.
  • Object Cache is not enabled on staging sites. This will make staging sites a bit slower than your production sites but helps make development easier.
  • You can sync a new copy of your production site to your staging site at any time.
  • When you push a copy of the staging site to your production site, we will automatically make a backup of your production site first. This helps with fast recovery should you need it.
  • Staging uses an incremental clone of your production filesystem. This means that it normally uses very little of your storage space. Only new/changed files on staging, or deleted files on production will increase the amount of storage used by staging. And doing a fresh sync from production will reset that to zero again.
  • Staging is given limited server resources prevent it from adversely affecting your production site. This can make staging run slightly slower, and in rare cases cause errors with some plugins that demand lots of resources.