Setup Staging Environment & Examine Before Moving onto Live


Maintaining a live website is a never-ending process as it is the bloodline of any digital business today. Even after you’ve built your site, you’ll likely continue to update and make adjustments indefinitely. Also you might have worried of getting your live site messed up on performing upgrades, doing some bug fixes, Installations & customizations which may negatively impacting your visitors. A solution of your entire conundrum is having a Staging Server which is a standalone copy of your live website. A staging server is a blend of production and development environment. You can use this copy to try out new themes and plugins, test bug fixes, upgrades and plan out changes well before implementing them on your live site to avoid issues & diagnose crashes.


What is Staging Site? What is its need for Live site?

A staging site is a clone of a live site but it works independently of the live site. It is basically used for testing purposes.When it’s time to switch themes, add or remove plugins, integrate custom code, doing upgrades or make any significant changes to the site, it’s best done on a staging site that is a replica of the live site.

Staging Site helps you

  • To ensure that everything works properly before its is presented to the customers.
  • To do troubleshooting of issues found on the live site without running the risk of interfering with your users or breaking even more functionality.
  • To ensure there will be no downtime on your live site.
  • To check each & every functionality properly to avoid bugs & issues come up on doing plugins / theme upgrades, code customizations etc. & check compatibility.

Outstanding Features Of Staging Website

  • Easy and Cost-Effective Setup

    Staging websites are quite simple & easy to set up. It won’t cost you much and is more reliable. So you can invest some time on setting them up rather than investing a lot in fixing issues directly on live site. It will risk your brand reputation.

  • Provide Test Area for Developers

    Developers can have the area for testing new code implementation, Integrations and other code optimizations on staging site which may reduce the chances of bugs occurrence on live platform.

  • A Place for Quality Assessment

    Analysing the quality of website is the major process which helps to figure out bugs / errors which may be skipped during the development phase of any product. So testing all these aspects more precisely, Stagings are the best place to do QA.

  • Avoiding Major Errors

    To avoid the error occurrences, changes upgrade, code change, new plugin installation) done on live site should be done before examining them on the test platform first so that any fatal error may not cause any harm to live site.

  • Build Prototypes of New UI Designs

    Stagings provide the place to UI developers to build prototypes for the new designs & features. They do not have any need to apply many efforts in demonstrating the design to team mates, rather they can simply create the designs at staging.

  • Upgrades Testing

    Its better to upgrade any plugin or theme on Staging website, before upgrading it on live platform so that the issues occurring during upgradation can be detected in the development environment at early stages and no harm is caused to the production site.

  • Compatibility Testing for New Plugins

    To check the full compatibility of the new plugins with your website’s other plugins & themes, they should be installed on the staging first. After the compatibility get checked for the new plugins, they can be simply installed on the live platform for better working.

  • Creates Tension Free Environment

    Suppose a developer does some code customization that leads to a major error on live site, so it becomes very urgent for him to fix that error and he cannot postpone it even if he has some other priority tasks too. Having staging set up can prevent such situations to max possible.

  • Technology Changes Testing & Upgrades

    If you are planning to change or upgrade the technology used on your website, then doing it first on staging can prevent any major issues.

Advantages of having Staging Website

  • Easy to Import
  • Increased Productivity
  • Adaptable Server Environment
  • Zero Downtime
  • Offsite Backup
  • Increase in Reputation of your Website
  • Improved Search Engine Ranking
  • Prevents Fingerpointing between Teammates

How it Works?

  • Step 1

    Provide Us your Details

    You just need to provide us your server details.

  • Step 2

    Set up Staging Site

    We’ll then set up the staging website for you on the server of your website.

  • Step 3

    We will provide details

    After set up completion, we’ll share with you the details of your staging website.

Required Information

Before we begin with the upgrade, please make sure that you have taken a full backup of your website’s database and files.

Required Information:

We will be needing below mentioned information from you, so please have them ready after purchasing this service and submit them via SocialEngineSolutions Support Ticket system:

1) SocialEngine Website Details:

  – Website URL
  – Email
  – Password

2) Server Root Login (SSH) Details:

  – Host
  – Username
  – Password
  – Port

Note: If you do not have these details, then contact your hosting provider.

3) Cpanel or phpMyAdmin Details:

  – URL
  – Username
  – Password

Note: If you do not have these details, then contact your hosting provider.

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