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WordPress Staging and Live

Who knows, this may be useful to some.

Setting up a staging WordPress instance:

  1. Go to cPanel
  2. Select the live site, usually www. and clone it
  3. Perhaps as staging. or dev.

Once you have setup the new site using the clone site, usually replacing the theme and plugins, then to go live:

  1. Go to cPanel
  2. Backup live site
  3. Delete www.
  4. Clone .staging or .dev to www.

That’s it.

To stop Google getting confuse with your multiple sites, worth changing settings to