Support » Plugin: WP Staging - DB & File Duplicator & Migration » How do you migrate from the staging site to the live site without pro version

  • Resolved xarconia

    (@xarconia)


    Like many other posters here, I was quite surprised to discover that this plugin does not provide a way to migrate the development site to the live site. (In my opinion, the name is somewhat deceptive as this is a primary function of a staging area. Perhaps this plugin would be better be described as a sandbox testing tool.)

    I have seen mention of the ability to manually migrate from the development area to the live site, but I cannot find instructions. This page – https://wp-staging.com/docs/copy-staging-site-to-live-site/ – gives instructions for migrating, but it appears to be for the pro version. Where can we find the instructions for doing this process without the pro version?

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  • Plugin Author Rene Hermenau

    (@renehermi)

    Hi,

    > Like many other posters here, I was quite surprised to discover that this plugin does not provide a way to migrate the development site to the live site.

    It does, therefore we offer the pro version. This is communicated all over the place here and in the plugin user interface in the sidebar.

    The tutorial also explains how to migrate the staging site when it has been created with the free version:

    "On the Live Site, use WP Staging Pro to copy all new plugins, media and theme files from staging site to the live site. If you are not using WP Staging Pro you need to copy over the files via FTP"

    I’ve added a preamble to the article to make that more clear:

    This video shows how WP Staging Pro pushes data from the staging site to the live one. If you want to do the migration without the pro version, read the instructions below very carefully and do not left out any step!

    Cheers
    René

    You are just trying to make money off of people by locking them in. though you say it is clear and mentioned in several places. It is not that clear.

    What is the purpose of staging site? if you cannot push it back to Live. Even if we have to do manually, there is no clear instruction.

    You are also pointing to a page which talks about staging PRO, in between you may have mentioned about free version. But I find it hard to follow the instruction.

    Now, we have spend more than 15 days to modify staging site and finally we find that you have locked us in. You are not even using a separate DB, so people cannot easily manually push to live. This is very clever way of making money.

    There are people who clearly say the limitation of the free plugin. but you are not. I had to install it because Bluehost suggested me to do so. I will contact them and tell how you are trying to rip off people’s money.

    I agree developer needs to be paid, but please be honest and clearly say what the limitations are.

    Plugin Author Rene Hermenau

    (@renehermi)

    @solodave99

    > What is the purpose of staging site?

    For instance to have a testing and development platform for installing and testing new plugin updates and theme changes BEFORE updating plugins on the live platform.

    > But I find it hard to follow the instruction.

    What exactely do you find hard? Many user were able to follow the instruction. If you are unsure about a certain part please feel free to ask.

    > Now, we have spend more than 15 days to modify staging site and finally we find that you have locked us in. You are not even using a separate DB, so people cannot easily manually push to live. This is very clever way of making money.

    It has technical reasons why we decide to use the same database. In 99% of all cases it’s not possible for any plugin to create a new database because of lack of permissions. So WP Staging creates new tables prefixed in the same database instead creating a new database.

    You can export and import the tables with phpmyadmin and any other database administration tool so nothing is locked as you claim.

    This is also clearly stated in the plugin description.

    > I will contact them and tell how you are trying to rip off people’s money.

    Please pay attention to your choice of words. You are doing false accusations which we will not accept.

    Hello! I am having the same issue and tried to follow your tutorial, but the “Push” button is only available in the PRO Version…even though the tutorial suggests it should be available for the FREE Version. This is for a web-site for a non-profit team at a High School so we don’t have the money for the pro version. So–can you please explain to me how I migrate with out the PRO version because your tutorial is incorrect in suggesting that the “Push” button is available on the FREE version.

    Thanks!

    Plugin Author Rene Hermenau

    (@renehermi)

    Hello again @vmorgs

    I’ve already wrote you two more answers to your other mails.
    Please reply to them there or contact me directly at support [at] wp-staging.com

    Rene,

    The instructions are much clearer than they were previously, but there are still several areas that cause confusion if someone has not done this before. For example, Step 2 says, “If you are not using WP Staging Pro skip this step and copy over the files via http://FTP.” When I first went through this process, I thought that meant skip step 2 entirely since step 3 will explain what files to copy and to where. Only after completely the rest of the steps did I realize that I had missed an important piece. I suggest dividing Step 2 into an A section (Pro users) and a B section (for free users). In the new B section, please provide more details as to what files need to be copied via FTP. Many of us using WordPress work with the front end and do not know the underlying file structure WP uses to store data. I am still trying to figure out where posts and pages are stored.

    Plugin Author Rene Hermenau

    (@renehermi)

    Hi @xarconia,

    I try to improve the documentation more.

    Please read the articles below to learn more about the wordpress structure:
    https://wp-staging.com/docs/wp-staging-handles-wordpress-migration/
    https://wp-staging.com/docs/the-wordpress-database-structure/

    After doing that you will know exactly where WordPress is storing posts and pages. (Spoiler: They are stored in the database tables wp_posts and wp_postmeta)

    About the files to copy: If you want to copy over the whole site you need to copy at least the folders wp-content/plugins wp-content/themes and wp-content/uploads

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