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.
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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