Every time we release new software here at Easy Digital Downloads we say firmly “Make sure you test this on a staging server before applying it to your live site”. Sean Davis went into great deal on why it’s very important to have a staging server. Sadly a high number of users don’t do this. The most common reason seems to be that people simply don’t know how to set one up, or believe that it’s a difficult or time consuming task. In this post we’re going to talk about how to set up a testing server. Staging servers are intended to be permanent long term clones of your live site. Testing servers are intended to be stressed, broken, thrown away, and easily recreated for more testing. I’m going to start right out by saying that the tool we’re going to use is DesktopServer Premium from ServerPress. It costs $99.95 at the time of this writing, but will prove to be invaluable. Let’s get started. Step 1: Get DesktopServer installed DesktopServer is available for either Windows or OS X. For the purposes of this post you don’t need to set up a WordPress site or anything, simply get DesktopServer installed. Step 2: Make a backup of your live site DesktopServer can import backup files created
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