WordPress how to work with paid plugins on a staging site

Paid plugins are a great way to add extra features and functionality to your WordPress site without having to spend a lot of money – but where do you put them on your live site? In this article, we’ll show you how to work with paid plugins on a staging site so that you can test them out before adding them to your live site.

What is a staging site?

WordPress has a built-in staging site feature that allows you to test plugins before you install them on your live site. This is a great way to make sure that the plugin works as expected and that there are no compatibility issues. You can also use the staging site to test new features before they are added to your live site.
To create a staging site, go to
Settings > Site Management
and click on the “Create New Site” button. Name your site and click on the “Save” button. The next step is to add a plugin.
To add a plugin, go to
Plugins > Add New and search for the plugin you want to add. Click on the plugin’s link to open its details page. On the details page, look for the “Staging Site” checkbox and click on it. The plugin’s settings will be copied into the “Staging Site Settings” section of the WordPress admin panel. You don’t have to do anything else: WordPress will take care of installing and activating the plugin on your staging site automatically.
Once your plugin is installed, you can start testing it by visiting your staging site and

How do I work with paid plugins on a staging site?

If you’re like most bloggers, you likely have a WordPress blog with dozens of plugins. But what if you want to use a paid plugin on a staging site?

Luckily, there are several ways to work with paid plugins on a staging site. You can install the plugin directly from the plugin repository, or you can use a plugin manager like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache. You can also use a third-party plugin store like PluginBin.

Whatever method you choose, make sure to follow the instructions provided by the plugin developer. And, of course, be sure to test your plugin prior to publishing it to your blog!


Paid plugins are a great way to augment your blog with extra features and functionality, but they can also be quite expensive. If you’re not ready or able to invest in a paid plugin just yet, don’t worry — you can still work with paid plugins on a staging site. This means that you can test out the plugin before you install it on your main WordPress website. Just make sure that you get permission from the plugin author to do so, and take care to follow all the instructions provided by the plugin maker. Thanks for reading!

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