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WP Staging Site Credentials: Which One Do I Use?

WordPress staging sites come with two sets of login credentials: the admin and HTTP Auth credentials.

Admin Credentials

What’s it for?

Admin credentials are used to login to the staging site’s WordPress admin interface. By logging into the WordPress admin interface, you can edit the staging site through the WordPress editor.login image

What are the credentials?

The admin credentials depend on whether you created a fresh WordPress install or chose to copy your live site.

Username: wp_admin

Fresh WordPress Installs Password

Fresh installs will generate a new password for you. It’s only displayed once right after creation in the staging site interface. If you don’t remember what it is, you can reset the password. For help, see our How to Reset Staging Site Passwords article.

Copy of Live Site Password

If you based your staging site on a copy of your live site, the credentials are copied over, too. This means that the admin password will be the same as your live site password at the time it was copied.

HTTP Auth Credentials

What is it for?

The HTTP Auth credentials are used to keep unwanted outside traffic from accessing your staging site. You will need to use these credentials every time you attempt to view your site’s frontend, and occasionally when you try to enter the WordPress admin interface.auth image

Username: This will match your account username

Password: The password is generated at the time of the staging site’s creation and is only shown until you navigate away from the staging tab. If you don’t remember what it is, you can reset the password. For help, see our How to Reset Staging Site Passwords article.

Updated on October 26, 2018

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