WordPress: Move staging environment to main domain

In this article, we will explain how you can restore the cloned WordPress website after the changes you made in the so-called staging environment.

A staging environment is a testing environment where you can test changes and updates before you put them live. This can help detect and resolve any errors or problems before they affect your visitors. Thus, having a staging environment can help ensure that your website runs smoothly and without problems.

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Moving Staging to your main domain (WordPress)

Once you have finished developing the WordPress site and it has been successfully tested, then it is time to transfer the result of your work back to the main domain.

In the WordPress toolkit, choose Copy Data. There you will see a menu where you have several options. As a rule, you can leave the default settings in place if there have been no changes to your main website during the time you have been working on the staging website.

If there have been changes on your main website in the meantime, then the box under Database Tables 'Except: wp_postmeta, wp_posts, wp_usermeta, wp_users' has to be checked.

When this option is checked, all articles and users of the main website remain intact. If in doubt, it is best to check this option, which is the default setting.

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