infrastructure is complete, and the content and creative integrated - all the components you've worked so hard to gather
and get just right have come together into a whole that you can touch and feel!
A separate staging environment that mirrors your production environment is a critical
tool in the launching process. This is a space that is set up exactly the same way
as the space your site will live in when it goes live - it gives you an important edge
when it comes to seeing how things work (or don't work!) when they're all put together.
A staging server allows the design firm to build the site as it is meant to be built in
production. This eliminates the need to recode hyperlinks and paths to images and other
assets following testing. This is an important consideration, because once you're sure
it works as it should on staging, you'll know that it will work in production. If the
site has to be recoded because there is no staging space, there is a risk that errors
will occur, that won't be noticed until it's too late.
The existence of a staging environment is a tremendous plus in the development process -
one that you really shouldn't be without.