How to Host Your WordPress Site in Dev, Staging, and Production Environments

If you’re new to web design, building a website can seem like a challenging task. Worried about making mistakes and wanting to make sure you do everything right the first time? Don’t worry, with these five steps you’ll be able to successfully host your wordpress site in three different environments – dev, staging, and production.

Step One: Set Up a WordPress Account

The first step is to create a WordPress account. You’ll need this to log in and access your site’s dashboard. You can find the link to create a new account in the upper right-hand corner of any page on the WordPress website. You can call this account your “site key” or “login key.” Keep this key handy as you’ll need it to log in to WordPress whenever you’re working on or debugging your site.

Step Two: Install WordPress

Now that you have a WordPress account, you can install WordPress on your server. Head over to the WordPress website and click on the Download WordPress button. You’ll then be taken to a page that lists all the available versions of WordPress. Choose the latest version and click on the Install button. Once WordPress is installed, open your browser and navigate to your wordpress dashboard —> You’ll then be able to see the various elements needed to build your website.

Step Three: Create a Back-end User

A back-end user is a user that has full access to your WordPress database. To create one, click on the Users icon located at the top of the WordPress dashboard. You can then click on the “+” sign to add a new user. Enter a username, a password, and a description and click on the Create User button.

This will create a user with the given information. You can now log in using this new user. Make sure to check the Remember Me box so you don’t have to enter your credentials each time you log in.

Step Four: Install WordPress Plugins

WordPress comes with a number of plugins that can help make your site more functional. Some of these plugins are free and some require a paid subscription. The best thing about WordPress is that it updates itself whenever there’s an update available for any plugin. This means you don’t have to worry about updating plugins manually.

To start adding functionality to your site, click on the Plugins icon located at the top of the WordPress dashboard. You can then click on the Add New button to install a plugin from To see which plugins are available, click on the Plugins tab on the WordPress dashboard.

Step Five: Test Your Site In Staging

Once you have a working dev setup with WordPress installed, you can begin adding content and functionality to your site. To do this, click on the Settings icon located at the top of the WordPress dashboard. You can then click on the General tab to edit the content displayed on your site’s home page.

If you’d like to add more content to your site, go to the Appearance tab and click on the + icon to add more sections to your site. Now that you have content and functionality added to your site, you can begin testing it in staging. To do this, click on the Deployment tab and then click on the + button under the Tested link. This will give you access to a page with all the different environments (staging, dev, and production) that you can use to test your site. Once you’re happy with the results, click on the Production link to deploy the changes to your site.

Why Host Your Own WordPress Site?

There are a number of reasons why you might want to host your own WordPress site rather than use a free host like To start, you have complete control over the look and feel of your site. Not only can you choose the background and colors for your site’s dashboard, but you can also choose the type of content that appears on your site. Additionally, you can add any plugins or functionality that you might need for your site.

If you decide that owning your own WordPress site is a viable option, make sure to follow these steps so you can successfully deploy your site in three different environments.