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Types of Site

WordPress sites in InstaWP are ones that are built in a safe sandbox environment where users can experiment with different themes, plugins, and codes without fear of harming the actual website. These sites are classified into several sorts based on how they were built or in which environment they were set up, allowing you to test different configurations and settings before going live.

In this documentation, we will explore the different types of sites and how they are created under the following categories:

On the Basis of Expiry
Temporary Site
Permanent Site
On the Basis of Setup
Staging Site
Template Site
Connected Site
Hosted Site

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On the Basis of Expiry



InstaWP enables you to build WordPress testing sites based on their expiration period under the following:

Temporary Site
Permanent Site

Temporary Site



It refers to the site, which comes with an expiration of 2 days for the non-users (using InstaWP without signing up), 7 days for registered users (on free plan) and so on - depending upon the user's plan. Check the pricing page for more details.

On creating a site, you will find the expiration countdown in the “Time To Expire” section as shown in the image below. For more information, you can refer to the Create Site document.



Permanent Site



It refers to the site that does not expire (i.e. reserved) and stays in your account forever (unless manually deleted or marked as un-reserved).

As the site is created, you can reserve your site to “Reserved Site” status with no expiry countdowns. Use the option on the Sites page or mark a site permanent at the time when you create it. Refer to the Reserve Site document for more information.



On the Basis of Setup



InstaWP allows you to build WordPress testing sites depending on the environment for configuring the following types:

Staging Site
Template Site
Connected Site
Hosted Site

Note: In your InstaWP account, "Staging Sites" will count as a limit for all kind of active sites, including template sites, connected or hosted sites.

Staging Site



It refers to the WordPress site, created and hosted in a sandbox environment with InstaWP to give the benefit of testing different configurations and settings without affecting the live website.

The site can be created from scratch (with custom configs & themes/plugins) or by templates within InstaWP. For more information on how to create a new site, you can refer to the Create Site document.



Template Site



It refers to the site that is built from the template, including any installed plugins or new themes that were added while saving the template. It helps you ease your workload, increase flexibility and provide consistency across the project you are working on. For more information on creating a site from template, you can refer to the Using Templates document.



Connected Site



It refers to the staging site that is created by using the InstaWP Connect plugin, which is an exact copy of the live site hosted with your preferred hosting partner securely. This allows you to test as many changes as possible without affecting your live website. For more information, you can refer to the Add Connect Plugin to Site document.



Hosted Site



InstaWP allows you to create the following two types of hosted sites that are connected to a certain hosting provider.

Live Hosted Site
Third Party Hosted sites

Live Hosted Site



It refers to the site that is created after selecting InstaWP Live as your hosting provider. For more information, you can refer to the Create Live Site document.



Third Party Hosted sites



It refers to the site that is created after selecting from a third-party hosting provider such as RunCloud and ServerAvatar.


💡 Did you know - You can create 1-click staging websites by selecting a staging type like quick, full staging or custom from within the WP admin panel. Learn about Creating staging site.

Updated on: 17/05/2024

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