WordPress Site Design in a Sandbox Environment
A sandbox environment is a critical tool for designing a WordPress website. A sandbox allows you to design and test different website layouts and methods of content delivery before launching the site live on a client’s (or your) hosted domain.
A sandbox environment is set up on a neutral website or local development area, and it extremely vital for professional designers who create several websites per year for clients. The sandbox allows the developer a private space to create the site design and present his or her work to clients.
Within the sandbox, the developer and client can collaborate more easily on the site design and create the features the client expects.
After the client gives the developer final approval on the overall website design and layout, the developer can transfer the site from the sandbox domain to the client’s live domain within a matter of minutes.
A sandbox is also helpful to a website designer as a place in which he or she can install and run beta versions of WordPress software and plugins. For a website designer, working with new features before they are released to the public in an official version upgrade can be highly beneficial. The advantages include:
The opportunity to install and test new plugins or themes before committing to making those changes on your site.
Becoming adept at using new features so that when you upgrade your website, you are informed enough to advise your clients on which features are useful for their websites.
Testing early, beta versions of WordPress helps discover bugs and contributes to the WordPress project. Finding issues while software is still in beta helps developers and programmers fix issues for WordPress users worldwide.