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Clone and Test: A Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Staging Sites via cPanel

Discover how to easily set up a staging environment for your WordPress site using cPanel, ensuring safe testing and development without affecting your live website.
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Creating a staging site for your WordPress website using cPanel is an invaluable practice that allows for testing and development without risking the integrity of your live site. Here’s a simplified guide based on insights from cPanel’s blog and A2 Hosting’s knowledge base.

Netspace (India) provide Cpanel based linux hosting in India in this article we will learn how we can do WordPress Staging using Cpanel provided through Netspace (India).  

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Prerequisite

Before you begin creating a WordPress staging environment, there are several prerequisites you should have in place to ensure a smooth and effective staging process:

Domain Name Pointing

Nameservers control the domain’s DNS settings and are provided by your hosting company. By setting your domain’s Nameservers to those of your hosting account, you delegate control of the DNS to your host.
When you create a subdomain in cPanel for your staging site, the DNS records are automatically created and managed. There’s no need to manually configure an A Record each time you create a new subdomain.

Web Hosting Account with cPanel Access

Nameservers control the domain’s DNS settings and are provided by your hosting company. By setting your domain’s Nameservers to those of your hosting account, you delegate control of the DNS to your host.
When you create a subdomain in cPanel for your staging site, the DNS records are automatically created and managed. There’s no need to manually configure an A Record each time you create a new subdomain. For step by step guide for How to login in cPanel follow our KB.

Access WP Toolkit

Once you are logged in to Cpanel look for WPToolKit. The WP Toolkit in cPanel is a management interface designed to automate and streamline the installation, configuration, and management of WordPress sites. It’s essentially a suite of tools that simplifies complex WordPress tasks and is aimed at both beginners and experienced web professionals

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Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Staging WordPress Site Using cPanel

Choose Your Site

Expand the detailed view of the site you wish to create a staging site for. This can be your existing wordpress website or  

Use Clone Site

Use the Clone tool found in the dashboard view. You’ll be able to select a subdomain and path for your staging site. It can be a new subdomain or an existing one.

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Configure & Staging

Optionally adjust the database name if needed, then proceed to clone. Name your your staging environment as per your need. 

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Deploy Changes

After testing, use the “Start” button tool to push changes from your staging to your live site, carefully selecting what data to synchronize.

This streamlined process demystifies the task, making staging site creation accessible even for those with limited technical know-how

Conculsion

In conclusion, the cPanel WP Toolkit offers a robust and user-friendly platform for creating, managing, and deploying WordPress staging sites. By using this toolkit, webmasters and developers can work on their websites in a safe, controlled environment, away from the critical eyes of their audience. It streamulates updates and testing, reduces the risk of downtime, and ensures that any changes made to the WordPress site are thoroughly vetted before going live.

The significance of a staging site cannot be overstated. It serves as an essential buffer, safeguarding your live website from untested changes that could potentially disrupt user experience and business operations. The convenience of the WP Toolkit enhances this process, making what was once a daunting task for many, into a simple, click-of-a-button operation.

Whether you’re a solo blogger, a small business owner, or a web development agency, the combination of WordPress with the power of cPanel’s WP Toolkit provides a comprehensive, reliable, and efficient way to manage your online presence. The end result is peace of mind, knowing that your live site remains untouched and your visitors’ experience undisturbed, while you perfect your site’s next big update.

By integrating best practices like staging into your workflow, you not only elevate your website’s reliability but also demonstrate a commitment to quality and user experience. With the staging capabilities of cPanel’s WP Toolkit, you have everything you need to continue delivering a professional, high-quality web presence.

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Shashi kant Pandidhar
Shashi kant Pandidhar
I’ve been helping businesses to be online for over 15 years. Today my team and I, focus on helping real businesses to overcome real-life challenges and analyse data in a way that can help businesses grow in the right direction of this digital age.
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