Almost every WP Managed Host is offering at least one staging environment these days; some are already moving to two, one for development and one for staging in addition to the production environment.
This week’s DOTW focuses on how are you all utilizing these environments? If at all? Perhaps you have your own flow that is more local based.
1. Who is your host(optional) and does your plan provide a staging environment? (more than 1?)
2a. If it does have staging, do you use it and what is your general workflow?
2b. If you don’t use host provided staging, what is your development workflow for making changes to your site? Especially the major changes
3. Describe your ideal Host provided development workflow. ie. how many environments, what options would you like? More detail the better (+3 Bonus Hero Points)
For my personal site, which is more or less just a blog and doesn’t have many moving parts, I only use staging to test out new plugins I’m considering or more significant design changes. Usually, I’ll play around a bit on staging with it until I’m happy and then manually apply the final changes on the live site rather than using any sync functionality since they aren’t usually that big or are mostly plugin/theme settings(database) changes and I don’t want to overwrite the production db.
On the other hand, we have WPMU DEV here which is a much more professional development setup using git, bitbucket, es6, APIs, and probably other stuff I’m also not qualified to speak on :smile:
Interested to see where you all sit on staging usage and development flow.
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