The staging site is usually non-public facing, thus keeping your testing away from your customers. It is used to test your plugin and theme updates or to test a new feature to your site.
If you’re running an online business that is powered by WordPress and WooCommerce, then we believe that having a staging site is absolutely mandatory. If your site goes down, you’ll most likely lose money in the process.
A development site is usually the first site in the process. This contains all your code, lots of debugging, and this is usually where you will test your plugins/themes or introduce a new feature.
The production or live site is the end product that users see. This is what your customers/users will use.
HOW TO SET UP A STAGING SITE?
Most of the popular WordPress hosting companies include simple one-click staging systems.
If you don’t have a staging site capable web host, then you can set up a staging site using a plugin.
Duplicator is a great free plugin that allows you to make a complete copy of your site.
WP Staging, creates a clone of your website into a subfolder of your main WordPress installation including an entire copy of your database.
All new features should always be tested in your staging environment first.
Having a staging site for your online business is a must in 2023.