58 votesSimon commented
We have started working on the “Staging” feature, we are hoping to have it available by May end.
Cloudways TeamSimon commented
On some other hosts you can create a 'staging server'
This is essentially a clone of your application. The same as is currently available on Cloudways.
However what is missing is the ability to 'push' (or copy) just parts of the staging server (or app clone) to the live website.
Cloudways only has the ability to essentially switch which app is live or not live.
What would be better is the ability to copy parts of the Wordpress files and parts of the Wordpress database to the live website / app.
For example :
I create a clone of my live Wordpress site.
Meanwhile my existing live Wordpress site is live and customers are visiting the site, registering on the site and making orders. This is all being saved on the live Wordpress sites database.
But my clone Wordpress app doesn't have a record of all these new database entries.
So I'm working on my clone Wordpress app and I add some feature to it, test it and it's working.
So now I want to add these new feature to my live website. I can make this clone Wordpress app my live app, but then I lose all the new database entries... This is not an option.
I can copy just the files I've edited on my clone app to my live app. However what about the database entries I would have edited by installing these new features?
On another hosting provider they give you the ability to choose
1) Which folders you want to push
2) Which database tables you want to push.
If we had this option then the staging server would be much better.