How to Set Up Staging in BoldGrid

One of the best features of BoldGrid is the Staging option. Staging is a basically a location created to hold a second website within the BoldGrid Administrative interface. Staging allows you to create a new or “staged” site while still have an “Active” or “live” site. This means you can work on building your new BoldGrid site without removing your current WordPress website. It’s important to remember that the Staging site is not visible to the public. We will go over the general steps to use Staging to build another website.

Installing the Staging Site

The first step in using the Staging option is to install it. NOTE: The Staging site cannot be installed until after an Active site has already been installed.

  1. Log into your website admin interface.
  2. In the menu at left, click on Inspirations
  3. Inspirations list

    You will see the available Inspirations that you can select. Pick an Inspiration that you want to use.

  4. Click on Themes Tab

    In the top left-hand corner you will see three choices for Pagesets that can be used with the Inspiration. Select the Pageset that you wish to use.

  5. In the top right-hand corner, click on the Next button.
  6. Hover over a theme for preview or selection

    At this point you will see the options to make the Inspiration you have selected as your website (the active site), or you can make it your Staging site. Click on second radial button in order to select the Staging option.

    Confirm the theme choice for installation

    You will see the Inspiration being installed.

  7. Enable theme for Staging

    Once the installation is complete you will see a “Congratulations” screen. You can click on the link to view the Inspiration as it appears on the front end, or you can click on the button labeled Customize. This is the next phase of the BoldGrid site development. You can click on the Customizer Guide for more information.

How to Edit/Customize the Staging Site

  • Using the Customize menu for staging

    When you have the Staging Site loaded, you can edit a few different ways. You can edit its Pages, or you can use the Customize option to modify the Staging site as needed.

  • Customize Staging Pages

    The pages of a staging site can be edited by simply clicking on Pages in the menu at left, and then editing the pages or adding the pages of the development group labeled Staging.

How to See the Staging Site

View Staging Site

Finally, the last step in seeing the staging site is by clicking the on title bar in the Admin Menu, and then click on Staging site. This will bring up the staging site so that you can view your changes.

Feel free to visit the BoldGrid Support Center article on How to Set Up Staging for more information.

John-Paul Briones

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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  • I am considering InMotion Hosting for our WordPress sites.

    I just got off a chat where your rep indicated that I needed to use BoldGrid create a staging site for my existing WordPress site, once I move it to InMotion.  The rep directed me to this article (How to Set Up Staging in BoldGrid). 

    From reading the article, this is clearly not the way to make a staging site for my WordPress site.  I see a brief comment indicating there is a way to create a sub-domain and copy the site there (when I looked for an article on this, I didn’t have any luck).

    1. Please direct me to your help article that is specifically for creating a WordPress staging site.  If InMotion has an automated process for this, then I’m sold!

    2. Inform your tech support of the best article for this task, and ensure that they understand that BoldGrid does not help a user create a WordPress staging site and is not for WordPress.


    • 1. Please direct me to your help article that is specifically for creating a WordPress staging site. If InMotion has an automated process for this, then I’m sold!

      I think your definition of a staging site is slightly different from what has been created in BoldGrid. The BoldGrid Staging plugin lets you have 2 versions of a WordPress site on a single installation. So you can have an active site and you can be working on a staging site that can be immediately deployed through the Dashboard to replace the active site.

      2. Inform your tech support of the best article for this task, and ensure that they understand that BoldGrid does not help a user create a WordPress staging site and is not for WordPress.

      The way you are defining it, it appears that you’re thinking of moving your site and making it the staging site. The rep may have been confused with its use and we can send them information to clear this up.

      To clarify, BoldGrid is a series of plugins that work in WordPress. If you transfer a WordPress site from another location, it would become the ACTIVE site in a WordPress installation with BoldGrid loaded. You can then create a staging site that would take the place of your active site once you deploy it. There are thousands of themes and frameworks for themes that are made for WordPress. Transferring those into a specific system is not something that can be automated at this time.

      I hope this helps to clarify the issue. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

    • The BoldGrid Staging plugin for WordPress allows you to create a “Staged” site in the WordPress Dashboard without affecting the live site. It is normally a paid plugin, but a premium license is provided by InMotion for free. This is a great option for creating a WordPress staging site but would be more geared toward someone redesigning or rebuilding.

      Instead of using the Staging plugin, I recommend submitting a website transfer request. This will allow our website transfer team to migrate a copy of your WordPress site over to our servers for you. They will let you know when it is complete, so you can test with a modification to your hosts file. This lets you fully test the migrated site on our servers before you point the DNS over and direct the traffic over. Let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thank you,

  • I have an active site created.  I want to have a copy of it as the starting point for my staging site so that I can begin adding a Store to it.  How do I start with a copy of the current active site in the Staging site?

    • Currently BoldGrid does not have a way to copy an existing site to staging, the simplest way to do this would be to clone your site to a sub-directory make your changes and then replace the existing site with it.

  • If I follow your instructions to switch from active to staging and pick a theme, either the same theme or a different theme, will I lose the graphics and content on my active site?   Will it be replaced with the graphics from the theme?

    • Hi Brad,

      I have updated the article as with the latest info now. I used the current version of BoldGrid to show how it works.

      I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

      Arnel C.

  • When I click on the Inspirations link in the sidebar (Step 2) I don’t get the “How would you like to install your new content” dialog. Instead I get a list of BoldGrid themes. Are there different versions of BoldGrid?

    • Hello Brad,

      Apologies for the article giving you different information on BoldGrid. The behavior of the Inspirations menu did at one time do this, but BoldGrid has been upgraded since. The article needs to be updated to reflect the change. When I finish with this comment, I will look into updating it to make sure that we are providing the current information. Apologies for the confusion.

      If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

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