Yesterday, we had an one-hour hangout about the new features we've added to the SiteGround Staging tool. As promised, here is a full recording of the event and answers to all the questions we couldn't reply to live.
Additional Questions and Answers
Unfortunately, we couldn't answer all the questions on the live event because we wanted to keep it within one hour. So here is a list of all the questions that remained unanswered until now
Q: Paul Oaten: If I have a 1.5 or 2.5 existing Joomla! site, can I build a new 3.2 site in a staging environment and then after all content is updated in staging push it to live status?
A: Yes, such migrations are quite time consuming and require a lot of testing. That's why our staging tool is often used for Joomla migrations from one version to another. Make sure that the initial push you make is a simple one.
Q: Dale Davies: How do I add this feature to my reseller accounts?
A: Right now, this feature is available only on our GoGeek accounts. If any of your reseller accounts needs it, it must be upgraded to the GoGeek plan.
Q: Roger Demary: Will i see the replicated files in FTP / cPanel so i can edit those?
A: Yes, you can edit the replicated files (your staging copy) through FTP, the FileManager tool in your cPanel or even via SSH.
Q: Paul Oaten: Do you create a new username and password or use the original one?
A: Since the staging tool is replicating your live site completely, the login details for your Joomla/WordPress site are the same.
Q: Russell Huntley: what about Magento ?
Q: Right now the tool works only with Joomla and WordPress but we plan adding more supported apps. Magento is surely the first app on that list.
Q: Enrico Giubertoni: My assumption is that the staging copy (or backup) is on a physically different web server from my site.
A: No, your staging copy is generated on the same account your live site is hosted on so you can easily access and modify its files and database.