“A test environment for your WordPress site is an important part of being able to ensure smooth updates. It also allows you to test new plugins and themes without affecting visitors. However, creating an exact copy of your site in the same environment is no simple task. There are many commercial plugins and WordPress hosts who offer one click staging environments, but an easy-to-use free option has been somewhat elusive until now.
Today I’d like to take you on a tour of the new Sandbox plugin, which is now available on WordPress.org. With just two clicks, this plugin creates an exact copy of your WordPress site on your existing hosting provider. The staging environment is completely independent of your site and is hidden from visitors and search engines. The Sandbox plugin also gives you the ability to create multiple sandboxes in order to test different iterations of your site and/or its extensions.”