WordPress Test Site With WP Engine Staging Servers

When you go to make changes or run updates on your website, there's always the risk of things not working as expected...or in the worst case, you inadvertently blow your site up! Well if you're using WP Engine as your web host (smart choice!), then your site comes with something called a staging server. Staging servers make it very easy to make site changes and updates, test new layouts and plugins, and so on. In this post, I'll further explain the concept, and then show you exactly to set one up and use it for your site. Finally, I'll also show you how to secure your staging server to keep it locked up and safe from public access. Sound like a plan? Then let's do it!

Show Notes

Here are some additional links and resources mentioned in today's tutorial. Enjoy!

  • In addition to staging servers, WP Engine packs in some additional features and tools to help you run your site more efficiently. In another tutorial, I highlight these additional features. You'll want to know about 'em, so check out that other tutorial right here.
  • In this tutorial, I talk about setting up an SFTP user account and connecting to your staging server using that method. It's easy to do, and I show you exactly how to pull it off right over here.
  • Of course, if you're not already using WP Engine for your web hosting, you may want to give them a try if you think they look like they'll be a good fit for you. I have a tutorial called How To Set Up World-Class, Managed WordPress Hosting With WP Engine which walks you through the steps for signing up.

Hope you enjoyed. See ya next time!

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Geoff Blake, Ten Ton Online

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