Make Staging Website Publicly Available

After creating a staging site with WP Staging you’ll notice the extra authentication prompt which appears when you try to access the staging site:

That login form ensures that your staging site can not be indexed by search engines like google to prevent SEO issues because of indexing duplicate content.

If you want to access your staging site as a regular visitor or like to use page speed tools on it you will need to make it publically available.

So you have two options to remove the authentication prompt:

  • Log in to your staging site and go toWP Staging > Settings
    Set the Access Permissions to “Allow access from all visitors”
  • Alternatively, create an empty file named .wp-staging-cloneable and add it into the root folder of your staging site by using a file manager plugin or FTP program like Filezilla.
Updated on November 22, 2019