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Stage WordPress Website with Softaculous – cPanel

Learn How to Stage WordPress Website with Softaculous in cPanel. A WordPress staging site is a test site that you can use to make plugin updates and other changes before going live.


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  1. Subdomains

    Login to cPanel.
    Tutorial: login from the Client Area or the direct link.

    Find the Domains section and click the Subdomains link.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  2. Create a Subdomain

    Subdomain
    — type the name of the subdomain you want to create in the Subdomain text box / staging 
    Domain
    — choose the domain name you wish to create a subdomain for from this drop-down menu.
    Document Root
    cPanel automatically fills in the document root path by using the subdomain name you’ve entered. This path is where the subdomain’s files are stored. If you want to store the subdomain’s files in another directory, enter the full path in the Document Root text box.
    Click the Create button.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  3. Let’s Encrypt SSL

    Go to cPanel Home.
    Find the Security section and click the Let’s Encrypt SSL link.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  4. Issue SSL Certificate

    Issue a new certificate
    In the Domain list, find the Subdomain you’ve created and Click the +Issue button.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  5. Issue SSL Certificate

    Select all the options and click the Issue button.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  6. Wait for the success message.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  7. Softaculous Apps Installer

    Go to cPanel Home.
    Find the Software section and click the Softaculous Apps Installer link.
    Click the Installations purple button.
    or
    Click the third icon Installations in the top Task Bar.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  8. Script Installations

    Click the Backup Third Icon next to the chosen WordPress installation.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  9. Backing Up WordPress

    Backup Directory
    – Check this box to backup the entire WordPress folder
    Backup Database

    – Check this box to backup the database
    Backup Note

    – Leave a note if you need to. Like when you are doing backup before the staging process.
    Backup Location

    – Choose the option from the drop-down menu

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  10. Click the Backup Installation button

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  11. Wait for the Success Message and click the Return to Overview

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  12. Softaculous dashboard

    Click the Installations purple button.
    or
    Click the third icon Installations in the top Task Bar.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  13. Script Installations

    Click the Create Staging First Icon next to the chosen WordPress installation.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  14. Details of your Staging WordPress installation

    Staging Installation details
    Choose Installation URL
    Choose the domain/subdomain you wish to install the Staging WordPress.

    In the In Directory field, you can specify the root folder for a WordPress installation. 
    By default, this field is empty, and it allows installing WordPress on yourdomain.com directly.
    If you wish to install it to a subfolder, like yourdomain.com/blog, simply type “blog” in this field.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  15. Site Settings

    – Disable Search Engine Visibility – probably best to check this option If you are only using installation for testing
    – Site Name
    – optional
    Click the Create Staging button.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  16. Staging WordPress Process

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

  17. Congratulations

    You will see the success message as shown in the screenshot below when the installation is completed.
    Access the WordPress admin panel and/or WordPress site.

    Extilum cPanel - Softaculous Apps Installer - staging

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