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Staging site, in website design, is a website used to assemble, test and review its newer versions before it is moved into production. This phase follows the development phase. The staging phase of the software life-cycle is often tested on hardware that mirrors hardware used in the production environment. The staging site is often different from the development site, and provides a QA zone that is separate from the development or production environments.
Normally before deploying an updated version of software to the production environment, the update has been tested in the staging environment. The staging server will resemble the production environment where the clients can do the user acceptance testing activities. Tests on the staging server/site should be passed before deployment of system on live server, i.e. production environment.
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