A staging environment is a replica of your production environment in which to test new code before it is pushed live. All the hardware, software and settings of the production server are duplicated.
Staging environments are a key part of the development cycle and prevent several issues often faced during code deployment. But this isn’t a blog just for techies. Staging environments benefit both business owners as well as tech teams, helping to maximise budget, resources and time.
The top reason many businesses choose to create a staging environment is to avoid nasty surprises when pushing new code live.
Without a staging server, developers often code your new site within their own environment – which may be nothing like your production server. Upon completion, your code is sent to you in a file or deployed straight to your own live environment. This presents several issues:
Road bumps are expected when it comes to deploying new code. But to avoid downtime and dissastisfied users who may never return, a staging environment ensures you get the creases ironed out before they cause you and your business real issues.
Thanks to your staging environment, your production server is protected from code that was never going to work. As a result, your website performs much better from the offset with minimal headaches endured. Not only does this add to the user experience and help maintain a steady flow of traffic, it also avoids wasted budget from:
Staging environments let you fix issues in code before it’s presented to the public, protect your production server from incompatible scripts, save time and money, optimise performance and prevent downtime. All in all, this reduces the stress of pushing a new site live or a new set of features and increases confidence that what you do deploy will work.
Though there are many perks, creating a staging environment does require purchasing a server on which to host it, and this incurs a cost. Luckily, some hosting companies bear this in mind and include a staging environment within your solution.
For example, UKFast offers a free staging environment with every dedicated server order. So, you can focus on reaping the benefits without the hassle of extra server costs.
Take advantage of a free staging environment with every dedicated server order until 30th June 2020. T&Cs apply.