A while ago, in 2015, the first version of the WordPress backup plugin was released.
I worked as a back-end developer for a few prominent clients during that time. Some of these websites had more than 300,000 visits every month on their WordPress websites, and I needed a solution to work on their sites without the risk of putting them down if I made a development mistake.
That was the moment when the idea of an easy-to-use staging solution came into my mind. A staging site for WordPress was nothing new, but it required many technical steps and time to create.
Staging plugin solutions for WordPress were not available, highly complex, or simply not working well and reliable enough to be considered a severe working tool for developers and end-users.
As none of the available plugins could fulfill my requirements, I’ve decided to create the first WordPress plugin to create multiple independent staging sites with a simple click.
The term “staging” was a completely new thing for most WordPress users, but this changed quickly.
After a while and growing success, the WP STAGING project had such a significant impact on the WordPress community that other plugins started to implement other so-called staging features to their plugins and used that term.
That was never a problem for me. I would rather say it was the best thing that could happen to me!
Seeing other plugins popping up, which took your work as inspiration, is the most significant appreciation you can get as a product and software developer. That also helped spread the word “staging” to make people aware of how critical it is to use a backup & staging solution for their website.
It was always the main goal to provide a highly tested WordPress plugin with an excellent, I would say, outstanding code quality to separate our plugin from any competitor who might come up.
Not many other WordPress plugins can achieve the same sophistication and ease of use, but we are glad that WordPress users today know how critical a staging and backup solution is for a website.
For instance, if you are a developer, you will like to hear that we run our entire code base through thousands of automated tests during development, and we follow strict PSR coding standards. You can see more about it here.
As more and more website owners appreciate robust and trusted code quality and hesitate to install plugins written poorly and can not guarantee good code quality for future-proof, it was the right decision to follow that aim. This process takes more time, and we can not implement new features as fast as other plugins do, but it’s worth focusing on robustness instead of creating software that you can not maintain and that is not future-proof.
It turned out that it was a good decision, and we got many new users, friends, and partners with whom we built up a solid and trustful relationship.
Due to that strong-growing popularity, I had to move on quickly to build up a team to serve our free and pro users on the same high level that I had with the code quality.
So, today, I am glad to tell you that WP STAGING has a team of very talented software developers and support engineers who will deliver you excellent and outstanding support and keep up the code quality standards and trust that we built up from the beginning.
WP STAGING is on its way to a full-fledged, extremely robust backup and staging solution, and we will implement more powerful and well-tested features that give you confidence in using them.
We are looking forward to serving you on the same level for the next 10 years.
Rene & Team WP STAGING