Enabling Local Live Staging

Local Live staging places both your staging environment and your live environment on the same server. When it’s enabled, a clone of the site is created containing copies of all of the site’s existing pages. This means the staging and live environments share the same JVM, database, portlet data (depending on which portlets are selected when staging is enabled), and configurations, such as the properties set in the portal-ext.properties file. The cloned site becomes the staging environment and the original site becomes the live environment.

You can enable local staging for a site by navigating to the *Publishing → Staging menu. To get some hands-on experience with enabling Local Live staging, you can complete a brief example which creates a Local Live staging environment for your site.

  1. Navigate to the Product Menu (left side) and select PublishingStaging.

  2. Select Local Live. You can also enable page versioning and select staged content. For more information on these options, see the Enabling Page Versioning and Staged Content article.

  3. Click Save.

You’ve officially begun the staging process!

Because Local Live staging creates a clone of your site, you should only activate staging on new, clean sites. Having a few pages and some apps (like those of the example site you created) is no big deal. If you’ve already created a large amount of content, however, enabling staging can take a lot of time since it’s a resource intensive operation. Also, if you intend to use page versioning to track the history of updates to your site, you should enable it as early as possible, before your site has many pages and lots of content. Your site’s update history isn’t saved until you enable page versioning. Page versioning requires staging (either Local Live or Remote Live) to be enabled.

If you ever need to turn off the staging environment, return back to Staging from the Publishing dropdown. For more information on this, see the Disabling Staging article.

Great! Now you’re ready to use Local Live Staging.

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