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WP Essential: How to Utilize the WordPress Sandbox

The Sandbox is an exact copy of your publicWordPress website that can be used to preview changes you've made to your site. Use theSandbox to expirement with different themes, trynew plugins, or test out custom code changes.If something doesn't work outwhile trying new things on your Sandbox, it will not affect your publicwebsite. Once you have things just right on your Sandbox you can publish your changes ontoyour publicwebsite, allowing for a seamless way to make significant changes to your website all at once.

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How to Create a WordPress Sandbox

  1. Log in to your iPage Control Panel.
  2. Go to WP Essential (may be directed there by default).
  3. Click on the Settings drop-down menu for your WordPress installation.
  4. Click Create Sandbox. Please be patient while your Sandbox is created.
  5. Once Sandbox setup is complete, you have several options:

How to Restart Your WordPress Sandbox with a Clean Slate

  1. Log in to your iPage Control Panel.
  2. Go to WP Essential (may be directed there by default).
  3. Click Sync for the Sandbox associated with your WordPress site.

How to Publish Your WordPress Sandbox Changes Onto Your Public Site

  1. Log in to your iPage Control Panel.
  2. Go to WP Essential (may be directed there by default).
  3. Click Publish for the Sandbox associated with your WordPress site.

Want to learn more about WordPress?

WordPress Tutorial Videos: To help you easily grasp the basics of creating a WordPress website, iPage has created several free tutorial videos. These videos were designed to be followed in order, but you are welcome to view whichever one best suites your needs.

You can always check out WordPress.org and browse their codex or online help forums.

WordPress Sandbox FAQ

How long does it take to create the Sandbox site?

Usually less than a minute, though it could take longer if you have a significant amount of website content, themes, or plugins.

When the Sandbox is created, what does it copy from the public site?

The Sandbox copies everything from the public site. This includes themes, plugins, posts, comments, ecommerce products, etc.

Does the Sandbox have the same login credentials as the public site?

Yes, though the login credentials for either the public site or the Sandbox can be changed after the Sandbox is created.

Does SiteLock protect the Sandbox as well as the public site?

Yes, but only if SiteLock's Web Application Firewall (WAF) is enabled.

Does an SSL protect the Sandbox as well as the public site?

Yes because the Sandbox is created under the same URL (domain) as the public site. The only difference is that the Sandbox stores data in a separate location.

When publishing the Sandbox does it save over posts, comments, or other content?

No. Only your themes and plugins are saved over.

If I create posts, comments, or other content inside of the Sandbox, will it save onto the public site when published?

No. To ensure that we don’t overwrite any new posts or comments on your public site, only themes, plugins, and other settings and changes are published to the public site. If a plugin or a theme introduced additional database tables relevant for their functionality, those are published to the public site as well.

If I delete my Sandbox, do I keep my public site?

Yes. Deleting your Sandbox has no affect on your public site. However, deleting your public site will delete your Sandbox.

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