When we crunch the numbers, we need to aim for maximum income while keeping our overhead low.
This is where we need to be honest with ourselves, because if our website is also our livelihood, then hosting is not one of those places where we want to cut corners, or scrimp and save. If our site receives so much traffic that an hour or two of downtime would jeopardize it, we really need to invest in hosting companies.
Local WordPress Staging
Local Staging, a staging environment on our own computer, has many benefits, chief among them is speed. Working locally we’ll see test results and responses far quicker, making it the perfect environment for huge overhauls and possibly initial builds too.
While host staging is not as fast as local staging, it can still handle changes to graphics and written content, updates, and tests quite nicely, so long as their not too big. It’s ideal for routine testing and updating, especially if the server also provides an option to push your new version to the live site. The drawback is the price tag, as several hosting services charge extra fees for staging. However, this fee includes support which could save a lot of time and money in the long run.
Host sites that offer staging services have similar features that allow us to push the new version of our site from Staging to our Live sites, with minimum effort and zero worry.
On SiteGround, for example, all staging options can be found on the Staging management page, that can be accessed via SiteGround’s version of cPanel. Here users are given the ‘Easy Push’ option to push the entire new site over the old live site, virtually steamrolling it and deleting everything that was there. Alternatively, users can ‘Advanced Push’ which compares the differences between the old and new files, then allows you to select which files to keep and which to overwrite. This solution effectively preserves the data that we’re worried about losing while working on staging sites.