WP Staging – DB & File Duplicator & Migration
This cloning and staging plugin is well tested and work in progress.
If you find any issue, please open a support ticket.
Note: For pushing & migrating plugins and theme files to live site, check out the pro version https://wp-staging.com/
WP Staging for WordPress Migration
This duplicator plugin allows you to create an staging or development environment in seconds*
It creates a clone of your website into a subfolder of your main WordPress installation including an entire copy of your database.
This sounds pretty simple and yes it is! All the hard time-consumptive database and file copying stuff including url replacements is done in the background.
I created this plugin because all other solutions are way too complex, overloaded with dozens of options or having server requirements which are not available on most shared hosting solutions.
All these reasons prevent user from testing new plugins and updates first before installing them on their live website, so its time to release a plugin which has the potential to be merged into everyone´s wordpress workflow.
* Time of creation depends on size of your database and file size
WP Staging helps you to prevent your website from being broken or unavailable because of installing untested plugin updates!
Note: WordPress 5.0 will be shipped with a new visual editor called Gutenberg. Use WP Staging to check if Gutenberg editor is working as intended on your website and that all used plugins are compatible with that new editor.
- Easy: Staging migration applicable for everyone. No configuration needed!
- Fast: Migration process lasts only a few seconds or minutes, depending on the site’s size and server I/O power
- Safe: Access to staging site is granted for administrators only.
What does not work or is not tested when running wordpress migration?
- WordPress migration of wordpress multisites (not tested)
- WordPress duplicating process on windows server (not tested but will probably work)
Edit: Duplication on windows server seems to be working well: Read more
Change your workflow of updating themes and plugins data:
- Use WP Staging for migration of a production website to a clone site for staging purposes
- Customize theme, configuration and plugins or install new plugins
- Test everything on your staging site first
- Everything running as expected? You are on the save side for migration of all these modifications to your production site!
Why should i use a staging website?
Plugin updates and theme customizations should be tested on a staging platform first. Its recommended to have the staging platform on the same server where the production website is located.
When you run a plugin update or plan to install a new one, it is a necessary task to check first the modifications on a clone of your production website.
This makes sure that any modifications is working on your website without throwing unexpected errors or preventing your site from loading. (Better known as the wordpress blank page error)
Testing a plugin update before installing it in live environment isn´t done very often by most user because existing staging solutions are too complex and need a lot of time to create a
up-to-date copy of your website.
Some people are also afraid of installing plugins updates because they follow the rule « never touch a running system » with having in mind that untested updates are increasing the risk of breaking their site.
I totally understand this and i am guilty as well here, but unfortunately this leads to one of the main reasons why WordPress installations are often outdated, not updated at all and unsecure due to this non-update behavior.
I think its time to change this, so i created « WP Staging » for WordPress migration of staging sites
Can´t I just use my local wordpress development copy for testing like xampp / lampp?
Nope! If your local hardware and software environment is not a 100% exact clone of your production server there is NO guarantee that every aspect
of your local copy is working on your live website exactely as you would expect it.
There are some obvious things like differences in the config of php and the server you are running but even such non obvious settings like the amount of ram or the
the cpu performance can lead to unexpected results on your production website.
There are dozens of other possible cause of failure which can not be handled well when you are testing your changes on a local staging platform.
This is were WP Staging steps in… Site cloning and staging site creation simplified!
I just want to migrate the database from one installation to another
If you want to migrate your local database to a already existing production site you can use a tool like WP Migrate DB.
WP Staging is only for creating a staging site with latest data from your production site. So it goes the opposite way of WP Migrate DB.
Both tools are excellent cooperating eachother.
What are the benefits compared to a plugin like Duplicator?
At first, i love the Duplicator plugin. Duplicator is a great tool for migrating from development site to production one or from production site to development one.
The downside is that Duplicator needs adjustments, manually interventions and prerequirements for this. Duplicator also needs some skills to be able to create a development / staging site, where WP Staging does not need more than a click from you.
However, Duplicator is best placed to be a tool for first-time creation of your production site. This is something where it is very handy and powerful.
So, if you have created a local or webhosted development site and you need to migrate this site the first time to your production domain than you are doing nothing wrong with using
the Duplicator plugin! If you need all you latest production data like posts, updated plugins, theme data and styles in a testing environment than i recommend to use WP Staging instead!
I need you feedback
This plugin has been done in hundreds of hours to work on even the smallest shared webhosting package but i am limited in testing this only on a handful of different server so i need your help:
Please open a support request and describe your problem exactely. In wp-content/wp-staging/logs you find extended logfiles. Have a look at them and let me know the error-thrown lines.
Permalinks are disabled on the staging site because the staging site is cloned into a subfolder and permalinks are not working on all systems
without doing changes to the .htaccess (Apache server) or nginx.conf (Nginx Server).
Read here how to activate permalinks on the staging site.
How to install and setup?
Install it via the admin dashboard and to ‘Plugins’, click ‘Add New’ and search the plugins for ‘Staging’. Install the plugin with ‘Install Now’.
After installation goto the settings page ‘Staging’ and do your adjustments there.
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Transferring WordPress Away from GoDaddy
I am still pretty new to WordPress.Â I have been using pieces of it for a while, but I still run into database issues when moving a site from one host to another.Â About a year ago, I learned how to set up a local server on my computer using MAMP, and started building websites offline.Â This is a nice way to go because your browser is reading right off of your computer, so everything is very fast.Â So you put up some new CSS, push refresh, and everything just happens.Â So when you’re done building that site, you need to figure out how to MOVE it.Â That can be really tricky, especially if you’re not comfortable with databases and the like.
Enter the Duplicator Plug In
This thing is awesome.Â What it does is basically pack up your entire website into a zip folder and then writes a PHP script to unpack it at the new location.Â So basically you upload the zip and the PHP file (which is called “installer.php”, and then navigate to whatever domain you’re using “slash” installer.php and follow the instructions.Â I don’t want to dig too deep into that right now, there are plenty of videos that will show you how to use duplicator and they’re very effective.
Problem with Moving away from GoDaddy
The thing I realized was that while I could move sites TO Godaddy without a lot of trouble, when I tried to move them AWAY from GoDaddy I could not.Â This is pretty frustrating, especially to someone like me who isn’t totally secure in the whole process.Â You are fairly certain you’ve done everything correctly, but also know some tiny little typo could be the issue.Â I ran the process probably six or eight times trying different things.Â I had read something about loading it up as a zip and then unpacking it yourself, as there is an option to do that in the advanced settings….tried that, still failed.Â I also read something about setting permissions in the wp-snapshots folder…tried that, still failed.
So then I found it.Â The MU-Plugins folder
Turns out, there is a thing called “MU-Plugins” that MU stands for “Must Use” and the person who must use them is you, and that can be a bummer.Â Developers can put these in for any number of reasons.Â In the most ideal scenario, they would use them to make sure you don’t screw something up.Â In a less ideal scenario, they could use them so that you can’t transfer your site away after setting it up at the promotional rate.Â Hey, they have a right to make money, but they don’t have a right to make technology intentionally difficult.Â Maybe that’s not what they’re doing…who’s to say.Â I will say that when I deleted the MU-plugins folder, which included a folder called gd-system-plugins that after I deleted it, everything worked.
So you can watch this video for the long explanation, but the short version is if you’re having trouble transfering your Wordperss site away from GoDaddy and over to Bluehost using the duplicator plugin, it might be because you just need to delete the plugins that GoDaddy put on the site when you originally built it.
Here’s the Video.Â You can jump to about the 11 minute mark to hear me start getting all fired up and showing how to delete it.Â You can delete the folder either out of the cpanel or using an FTP client.