If any of you are website designers, you have probably experienced the complexities of website migration. For the majority of my website development career, I have relied on Backup Buddy to help migrate my websites. The scary thing about Backup Buddy, and other migration plugins such as All-In-One WP Migration and WordPress Duplicator, is you are deleting the entire site to upload a new WordPress site.
Nevertheless, Backup Buddy is more reliable and quicker than manual migration which can take hours and leaves more room for error. Every time I do a website migration, I feel a little yank at my nerve endings until recently…
*Enter WP Staging*
If unicorns created a staging plugin, it would be WP Staging. The plugin allows you to duplicate your website creating an entirely new WordPress database at the click of the button. The features are perfect for a website redesign.
The first step is to choose a URL extension. For example, you can choose /dev/ so your website would be example.com/dev/.
After choosing your extension, the plugin will copy over your pages, media, posts, plugins, and theme files. It will be an exact replication of your website. From there, you can wipe your testing website and start from scratch or just make basic edits.
When you are ready to push your edits live, there is a Pro version of WP Staging for $98. Sounds steep? The ease of the plugin is worth the cost. Additionally, you will have to purchase any high-quality migration plugin. The only free method is manual.
When I Use WP Staging for Website Design
WP Staging is not ideal for every development situation. I use WP Staging when I am performing a WordPress redesign. For example, the client has an outdated website and wants to revamp the site. This could entail a new theme or simpler requests, such as photos, colors, and text. I use WP Staging to duplicate their existing site, perform the redesign, and push the website live.
If you are a WordPress website designer searching for an easy method to redesign and launch websites, I suggest reviewing WP Staging. Please see this video created by WP Staging for more information:
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