Creating a Staging Site in Managed WordPress Portal

Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress Portal allows developers to create a staging site to test design, plugin and configuration changes without affecting the performance and look of your the live site.

Once your staging site is created, you have the same functionality as you do with your live site to make changes, use SFTP/SSH for file management and run updates to view changes before making them to your live site.

  1. Log into your Managed WordPress Portal.
  2. Click the Manage Site button to open the site to copy to a staging environment.
  3. Select Staging from the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
  4. In the staging home page, click Copy Live Site to Staging and the process will begin.
  5. Once the site copy is complete, click the Staging Domain link to open your staging site.

Your staging site is now ready for you to work on and test!

Featured Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress and PHP 7

There’s no doubt that PHP 7 is a lot faster and more efficient than PHP 5.x versions. The reason it’s provides better performance is because PHP 7.x underwent massive internal changes. With such massive changes something has to be too good to be true, right? No not really, but there is something you should know before updating to PHP 7.
 
In this Knowledge Base article we feature a video provided by Chris Lema. Chris shows how the Managed WordPress Platform makes upgrading to PHP 7 simple and quick!

 
Overall, almost every website and application will benefit running on PHP 7. Sounds good, but it’s not always that simple! With big changes comes some breaking changes, so not everyones code is ready for the update as is. That’s why our Managed WordPress product includes a compatibility checking feature to ensure your WordPress and plugins are fully compatible with PHP 7.X before updating!

To learn more, or signup, take a look on our Managed WordPress page.

Logging Into Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress Dashboard client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web Managed WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Managed WordPress Portal has two easy ways to access the Portal:

 

Log in Through Your Account

You can log into your Managed WordPress Portal account from your Liquid Web account.

  1. Once logged in to your Liquid Web account, click the [+] next to your Managed WordPress server to expand the section.
  2. This will open a login section for your Managed WordPress Portal website.
  3. Click Login and you will be directed to your home page using the credentials sent to you via email when your Managed WordPress Portal service was purchased.

Log In through Your Browser

    1. In your browser, enter http://app.yourdomain.com. This will direct you to the login page for your Managed WordPress Portal home page.
      Note: In this tutorial yourdomain is an example, please enter the actual domain name for the site you are trying to access.
    2. Enter the login credentials which were emailed to you when your Managed WordPress Portal was purchased. Click Login .

Log In from Liquid Web Website

  1. From the home page of www.liquidweb.com click on Customer Login
  2. Enter your username and password on the login page.
  3. Click Login
  4. A new page will open with links for you to log into your Liquid Web account, Managed WordPress Portal or to continue browsing while logged in.
  5. Select WordPress and your portal home page will open.

Logging into phpMyAdmin from Cloud Sites

When you create a website on Cloud Sites control panel using Linux technology, setting up a database for that site will use phpMyAdmin as the MariaDB database handler for your site. If you haven’t set up a database in Cloud Sites, see our article Creating a Database in Cloud Sites.

  1. After logging into the Cloud Sites control panel, navigate to the Databases section.
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  2. Continue reading “Logging into phpMyAdmin from Cloud Sites”

Using W3 Total Cache on Cloud Sites

Cloud Sites has a unique infrastructure setup that requires specific settings for the page cache to provide the best experience for a given site. Please use these settings when you are configuring W3 Total Cache instead of any other settings. These directions will provide an optimized configuration for W3 Total Cache on the Cloud Sites platform. This article assumes you have already installed the W3 Total Cache plugin. Continue reading “Using W3 Total Cache on Cloud Sites”