How to Create a WordPress Staging Site (4 Easy Ways)

Updating a WordPress website can be more complicated than you’d think. Usually, publishing a new page or post isn’t a problem. But if you’re updating WordPress components or making major design or functionality changes, you run the risk of breaking your website. The best way to avoid this problem is by using a staging site.

With a WordPress staging site, you get a safe environment where you can test any changes you want to make. Once you’re satisfied that everything is working correctly, you can then move (or ‘push’) those changes from the staging website to a live environment.

In this article, we’re going to break down what staging sites are and how they work. We’ll then discuss the pros and cons of using a staging environment, and show you how to create your own. 

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What is a Good Average Time on Page & How to Increase it

You might already understand the importance of optimizing your landing page views and attracting new site visitors. But there’s another website performance metric that you should consider: time on page. 

Analyzing time on page can help you understand whether you’re attracting the right kind of visitors or false leads — people who land on your site only to realize that it’s not what they were looking for. It can also give you valuable insight into how your content is performing. 

In this post, we’ll look closer at the time on page metric to learn how it works. We’ll also explore what information this measurement can reveal about your site’s performance. 

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Severe Vulnerability Fixed In UpdraftPlus 1.22.3

During an internal audit of the UpdraftPlus plugin, we uncovered an arbitrary backup download vulnerability that could allow low-privileged users like subscribers to download a site’s latest backups.

If exploited, the vulnerability could grant attackers access to privileged information from the affected site’s database (e.g., usernames and hashed passwords).

We reported the vulnerability to the plugin’s authors, and they recently released version 1.22.3 to address it. Forced auto-updates have also been pushed due to the severity of this issue. If your site hasn’t already, we strongly recommend that you update to the latest version (1.22.3) and have an established security solution on your site, such as Jetpack Security.

You can find UpdraftPlus’ own advisory here.

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How to Fix “Your Connection is Not Private” on WordPress

There are several errors you could run into while navigating the web, including HTTP error codes, issues with certificates, and connection problems. A lot of times, fixing these errors will require a bit of troubleshooting on your end. The “Your connection is not private” error is no exception.

This error usually (but not always) is due to an issue with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. There are several ways to troubleshoot, depending on whether it originates from your website or your server.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this connection error and discuss its main causes. We’ll then show you how to troubleshoot depending on its cause. 

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How to Fix “This Account Has Been Suspended” on WordPress

When you pay for hosting, there are almost always some caveats. Hosting providers reserve the right to terminate your account under particular circumstances — for example, if your site has malware or content that violates the host’s guidelines. If your account gets flagged, you’ll see a message like “this account has been suspended.”

The positive side is that “suspended” isn’t the same as “terminated.” When an account is suspended, you can usually appeal the decision or fix the problem that caused your web host to take action against you. If your efforts succeed, you’ll regain access and control over your website.

In this article, we’ll talk about the potential causes for hosting account suspensions. We’ll then discuss what to do if you run into the “this account has been suspended” message and how to proceed after you fix things.

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How to Downgrade WordPress & Roll Back to a Previous Version

Most software companies stress the importance of updating, so downgrading can feel quite unnatural. But you might run into circumstances where you need to revert to a previous version of a program or operating system you’re using — WordPress is no different in this regard. 

While WordPress tries to maintain backwards compatibility between versions, you might still encounter changes in a new release that cause issues for your site. In these cases, you may need to downgrade to a previous version so that your website continues to function properly while you troubleshoot any problems or wait for a bug fix to be released. 

In this article, we’ll discuss: 

  • Reasons why you might need to downgrade WordPress
  • How to downgrade WordPress manually and with a plugin
  • How to downgrade themes and plugins manually and with a plugin
  • How to upgrade or downgrade PHP versions

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Jetpack 10.6 – Behind-the-scenes improvements for your site

In this release, we have shipped several under-the-hood improvements for an enhanced Jetpack experience.

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