Your website is your businesses representation on the web. And you want it to be as professional as possible. But imagine how it looks when visitors come to your website and see half finished pages or errors. Or even worse…that your site has crashed. These things can happen if you make changes to a live site. If you start editing code, visitors who come to your site will see that work in progress. If you update a plugin or the WordPress core and there’s a conflict, your site will crash. To prevent this, you and your developer should be using a staging environment. In today’s article, I’ll explain exactly what a staging environment is, give you a couple ways I recommend you use it, and finally, show you how you can set up your own staging environment. What Is A Staging Environment? A staging environment is simply a hidden copy of your site. The site is almost exactly the same, but it’s usually on a subdomain. For instance, Your site which anyone else can see is called your “Live” or “Production” environment. Because your staging environment is hidden from the public, you can make any changes you want. And if things go wrong, it’s ok. Plus, there are benefits to
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