How to separate wordpress development using subdomain?


Separating WordPress Development Using Subdomain

WordPress development often requires a safe environment away from your live site where you can test and build features without any risk. Using a subdomain is an excellent way to create a separate development environment for WordPress. The process involves a few key steps:

Step 1: Creating a Subdomain

You can set up a subdomain through your hosting control panel usually under the option “Subdomains”.

  • Choose a name: It can be any name like ‘’ or ‘’.
  • Create a new document root folder: Once you create your subdomain, it would also simultaneously create a new folder in your host server where all files related to this subdomain will reside.

Step 2: Installing WordPress on the Subdomain

After you create the subdomain, it’s time to install a clean instance of WordPress.

  • Automatic Installation: If your host provides cPanel with Softaculous or similar software, installing WordPress can be done in just a few clicks.
  • Manual Installation: If that’s not the case, you’ll have to download WordPress from the official site, then upload and install it on your subdomain using an FTP client.

Step 3: Copying Website Content (Optional)

If you want the development site to mirror the live site, will need to copy the website content from your live domain to your subdomain.

  • Use a WordPress plugin: There are several plugins like Duplicator, UpdraftPlus, or All-in-One WP Migration that can transfer your data.

Step 4: Update URLs

Update the URLs of your site to point to the dev site not the live site using a plugin like Better Search Replace.

Synapse Team’s Advanced WordPress Development Services

While the process described above might seem straightforward, it can be quite complex if you’re not familiar with it. As specialists in WordPress, the Synapse Team can assist you in setting up a suitable testing environment for your WordPress site, saving you time and headaches. With our WordPress Development Service, you not only get the benefits of a separate WordPress development environment on a subdomain, but also gain access to a team of seasoned WordPress experts who can perform routine quality assurance, maintain your site’s health, and ensure your website’s smooth running. Reach out to us and let our team streamline your WordPress development process.


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