Testing environments offer relatively convenient and simple patterns to test themes, plugins and latest releases of WordPress without disturbing the live website. Many professional web development company take advantage of such featured environments where they can perform thorough testing before implementing modifications to the live website.
You can realize the worth of testing environments only if you have tried new plugins and activated or upgraded them to a new version of WordPress to check the errors.
There are multiple patterns to set up a testing environment, but the simple one is cloning your website on existing web hosting account or the localhost environments.
Here we are listing down the best testing environments available for WordPress as well as Windows & OS X. have a look:
MAMP stands for Macintosh, Apache, MySQL, and PHP that allows you to set up a local host test environment on OS X version. It also has a beta version available for Windows. A complete guide is available to lets you set up MAMP on the blog which walks you through installing the program, basic MAMP configuration, creating MySQL database, installing WordPress etc.
It is available for free and has the ability to set up numerous virtual servers. It also enables the user with an option to install WordPress automatically.
XAMPP is a famous, freely available and open source local host PHP development environment. It supports Windows, OS X, and Linux. The apache friend’s website includes a fantastic forum for users who run into trouble and seek some support. You can find a tutorial guide which will allow you to set up XAMPP. The set up will utilize XAMPP control panel, setting up a MySQL database, installing WordPress etc.
Desktop servers are so simple to set up. It hardly takes 5 minutes to set up and run WordPress on your system or local machine. After setting various localhost environments, it will become part of your regular workflow while testing WordPress themes and plugins.
It is a famous Windows web development environment that enables the web professionals to create web applications with Apache2, MySQL, and PHP.
This plugin is available for free and allows you to clone a WordPress site, so it can be used in another location. It helps you when you want to develop an exact copy of your website and use it as a testing environment on your local system or hosting account.
Except for these options, you can also try Instant WordPress, Bitnami WordPress stack, Sandbox etc. Setting up a testing environment will save your time, money and efforts when a plugin breaks a live website.