How can I create a Wordpress staging sub-domain?NOTE
: Please have a sub-domain created for where you want to host the staging site. (Guide here
: This is an advanced guide and requires following all the steps carefully. Try to set at least 1hr to complete this process fully. Step 1
- Log into cPanel (click here for a guide
) and open the File Manager Step 2
- First we need to move files from the public_html folder (or the folder that is currently hosting the live website) to the sub-domain folder. Find and go into your website folder
) click on Select All
) right-click (Windows) or control+click (Mac) anywhere on the highlighted area and (3
) click Copy
) change the folder to /<sub-domain-directory/ and (2
) click Copy Files.
(in this example, we will be using /staging.yourdomain.net.au/
as the staging subdomain)Step 3
- Go into the sub-domain
folder and (1
) Find the wp-config.php
file and right-click (Windows) or command+click (Mac) then (2
) click on Edit.
Find the lines relating to the MySQL database username, passwordStep 5
- Keep the page with the wp-config file open. Open a new cPanel Window
and use the MySQL Database Wizard to make a new database and user. Click here for a guide on how to do this
. Make sure that you write down the newly created database name
somewhere on your computer, like in a notepad or text document.Step 6
- Go back to the wp-config.php
file in Edit mode. Now you need to edit the database details.
If, for example, you set up a database with the following details:Database Name:
Then your wp-config.php
file will look like this:
Make sure to hit Save Changes
to update the new database details.Step 7
- Now you need to do 2 things:A
) Export the database .sql file from the old databaseB
) Import the .sql file into the newly created database
Make sure to check the wp-config file for the correct name of the old database. Click here for our guide on importing a database using the cPanel tool PHPMyAdmin
- Next you need to do is update the domain name (from, for example, yourdomain.net.au to staging.yourdomain.net.au). Click here for a guide on doing that
. Note that the login to the admin section has changed. If you previously accessed the admin panel using, for example, yourdomain.net.au/wp-admin the new link will be staging.yourdomain.net.au/wp-admin (try /wp-login.php if you get an error when going to wp-admin)That's all done now!
If you completed all the steps correctly, the WordPress site should now be working from the sub-domain for staging.