1&1 Stage for WordPress: Safely test ideas and changes on a copy of your website

A stage, also known as a test installation or test system, allows you to test changes to your WordPress website safely and quickly.

The stage is a copy of a certain state of your live website, starting from which you want to test your changes. On your stage, which is an isolated system, you can recognize incompatibilities or problems caused by plugin and theme updates or your own code changes. This helps you develop solutions in order to achieve a smooth operation of your live website.



We recommend you test major changes on a stage, especially for larger websites used for commercial purposes.

How to Create a Stage on 1&1 Performance Servers with “One Click”

We want to offer you an easy and fast way to create stages. For this reason, we now offer all users the opportunity to create stages of their WordPress website with a few clicks, starting with 1&1 Performance Servers (Managed Server).

Your stage offers:

  • A copy of the current state of your live website.
  • A dedicated database. Test database operations directly on your stage!
  • A dedicated folder in your webspace. Access your stage via SFTP!
  • An automatically created subdomain for a quick access to the backend and frontend of your stage
  • Links that are automatically customized – you don’t have to rework anything by hand!
  • Easy updates: you can create new stages in a few seconds.

Select Your Website in the 1&1 App Center

Prerequisites: You can create stages for any WordPress website in Free Mode. For Safe Mode websites you need to switch to Free Mode first.

In the 1&1 Control Panel open the section Hosting > 1&1 App Center (direct login). Click Create Stage next to the desired WordPress website.

wordpress-staging-step-1-en Create stage

The overview page summarizes the benefits of a stage.

Click Create Stage.


1, 2, 3… – Your stage is set up in a few seconds.

Edit and test your stage

Now you can edit and test your stage without limitations – as if it were your live website.

The stage overview offers you direct access to your stage frontend (Show stage) and backend (Edit stage).


Under Details you will find information on the installation location of your stage (webspace), and on the connected database. You can access the stage using SFTP or phpMyAdmin (click to access more info in 1&1 Help Center).

If you no longer need the stage or you wish to test a more recent state, you can delete your stage and create a new one.

Important: If you delete your stage, the database and folder in your webspace will be deleted.

Manage an existing stage in the 1&1 App Center

You can access your stage detail page from withing the 1&1 App Center. In the 1&1 Control Panel open the section Hosting > 1&1 App Center (direct login). Click Manage Stage next to the desired WordPress website.


tl;dr / Get started directly

If you want to get started with your WordPress stage right now, here is the short version:

Open your 1&1 App Center > Select your WordPress Website (Free Mode) and click Create stage > Confirm with Create stage > Access your stage.

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8 thoughts on “1&1 Stage for WordPress: Safely test ideas and changes on a copy of your website

  1. Webmaster says:

    Almost an amazing tool.

    Unfortunately, once you have tested your ideas and made your changes, all you can do is hope that you remember exactly how you did it. That’s because you will have to try and successfully repeat the entire process on your live production website!

    Let me reword that. There is no mechanism that will allow you to push you ideas and changes to the live site from the stage.

    First you create a stage. Next, you spend hours or days deploying your ideas and making your changes until finally, everything looks just perfect. At that point, the only thing you can do is… DELETE THE STAGE AND HOPE YOU CAN REPLICATE THE PROCESS ON YOU LIVE SERVER!

    This totally defeats the purpose of a staging server or a website stage. Unless you are testing the most minor of changes it will quickly become a headache trying to document every step you take (so you can replicate it on the production server if the test goes well).

    In conclusion, this tool has the potential to be a real game changer for webmasters, but as it currently functions, it is a waste of time – yours and whoever spent the time to build it with such an obvious flaw.

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi Webmaster,

      thanks for your feedback. We really appreciate it!

      I can understand the use case of deploying the things you did on your stage to your live system. I will hand this over to our developers for you.

      Please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime – e.g. via Social Media on Twitter (https://twitter.com/1and1help) or Facebook (https://facebook.com/1and1).

      Thanks again and have a nice day,
      Michael, 1&1

  2. Ignacio says:

    Hello, I have created a Stage and I am not able to access to test some changes in WordPress; I’ve tried all the options.
    Edit Stage, View Stage, …

    All the time I’m redirected to the production WP and that’s not what I want.

    Could you contact me in Spanish to support me?
    Thank you very much!

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi Ignacio,

      don’t hesitate to contact our Spanish support team via e-mail at ayuda@1and1.es with your customer data.

      Michael, 1&1

  3. There is no “Create stage” button next to the wordpress icon in my app center.

    How can this be fixed?

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      we offer this stage feature exclusively to Performance (Dedicated Managed) Server customers. For now, it’s not implemented in our regular Webhosting tariffs.

      You can find more informations about the 1&1 Performance Servers inside your 1&1 Control Panel in the Customer Shop: https://shop.1and1.com/tariffselect?__sendingdata=1&tariffGroup.newTariffChangeGroup=server-managed-us

      Best regards,
      Michael, 1&1

  4. Tim says:

    I can’t see the Create Stage button in my App Center. Is there an updated version of this or what am I missing about my domain?

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi Tim,

      this response to Jonathan will answer your questions: https://community.1and1.com/how-to-create-a-wordpress-stage-11/#comment-204753

      Don’t hesitate to come back to us if you need further informations about our Managed Server offers.

      Best regards,
      Michael, 1&1

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