The panic starts. You refresh the page a dozen times and wonder where you went wrong, and what you did to deserve this fate? What will your customers think when they’re greeted by this white screen? Are you going to lose money…how can you get the site back up?
This is the life of many small business owners who are often left in the dark and scrambling for any help they can get, liable to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous or inexperienced developers. But it doesn’t have to be like this. You can save yourself all that trouble and heartache simply by having a staging site!
What are staging sites?
Do I need a staging site?
How do I get a staging site?
Creating and maintaining a staging site for your businesses’ online presence is becoming more commonplace every day. It’s critical for limiting downtime and testing new features. The good news is creating a staging site on is easy for software engineers and non-technical bloggers alike! It’s as simple as clicking a button and naming the staging site. You can take two minutes from your day to save yourself hours, or even days of stress in the future.
At any point once you have created your staging site, you can copy your live site to your staging, or push your changes on staging to your live site with a couple clicks of your mouse. With other hosting services, you might have to go into your cPanel, create a subdomain, migrate your database, and replace a ton of information. However, with it’s really just naming things and clicking a couple of times. Not only does it increase efficiency, it makes every part of the development cycle more productive!
All of our clients have a live, password protected staging site with full access if they, or their developer, need to test and approve changes. It’s a service that saves a significant amount of time and money. As developers, we at Curious Minds recommend all of our clients utilize their staging sites to ensure a positive customer experience, and avoid that infamous white screen.