Where do I need to Activate Premium Plugins License Keys, on Production or Staging Site?

The WP STAGING | PRO license key needs to be activated on the production site to be able to push the staging site to live, but what about using other premium plugins?

If you use another premium plugin and have a license key, you usually activate its license key on the production site to get automatic updates.

If you want to test automatic updates for such a particular plugin, you have multiple options:

  1. Create a staging site
  2. Deactivate the license key on the production site
  3. Activate the license key on the staging site
  4. Update the premium plugin on the staging site and test if it works

Usually, this works fine, as many plugins do not stop working on the production site even if their license key is disabled.

If this is not possible, and you can not switch the license key, you will need to ask the developer of the premium plugin to offer you another license key.
Some premium plugins give a discount if the second site is a staging site.

(We are preparing a list of premium WordPress plugins that offer a discounted price if the second site is a WP STAGING site).

Updated on October 5, 2021