A Staging site is a clone of a live (production) site. It’s usually not accessible to the public; rather, it is used to test updates and changes before deploying to the live site. Having a staging site is an important process that allows you to experiment with redesigns and updates to your site without affecting the live site.
You may have heard of the terms ‘staging service’ and ‘staging environment’. Staging services are commonly offered by hosting companies, and essentially, this is just an automated method of creating a staging site and pushing the changes back to the live site.
You can also create a staging site manually. This involves creating a sub-domain on your hosting account and manually cloning your existing site to it, and back again to the live site. This requires some knowledge or server setups etc, but it should not be too difficult for an experiend WordPress user.
Finally, you could also use a local install as a staging environment. It is still just a copy of a live site which can be then updated or changed without it affecting the live site. You could then use a plugin to transfer it back to the live domain, or move it back manually.
Read on to discover all you need to know about creating a staging site for your Avada website, and watch the video below to see how setting up a staging site works on SiteGround.