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You have a grand idea, but you’re not sure how to move forward with your new blog. Should you start paying for hosting even though the content isn’t there yet and no one is coming to your site? Or should you go through the process of installing WordPress locally with a development environment like XAMPP just to test out a new plugin or theme? If you’d rather not spend the cash on an unfinished site, and you’re not keen on running a local WordPress install, you still have an option to create a WordPress test site with full functionality.

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Despite the rather ridiculous name (chosen to keep commercial services from abusing the free service for fear of embarrassment), offers one of the easiest ways for all types of users to create a WordPress test site. And in this post, we’ll show you exactly how it works!

When should you use as your WordPress test site?

Because WordPress is so popular, you have a bunch of options to create a WordPress test site. In fact, we’ve written about many other ones. We’ve shown you how to create local WordPress development sites with odd sounding tools like:

And those are all great options if you want a more permanent development site and always work from the same computer. definitely has a place, though. All those methods above:

  • Require some technical knowledge, which makes them impractical for a casual user who just wants to test a few things.
  • Take a couple minutes to create a new site, which can be frustrating if you need to create WordPress test sites often.
  • Are tied to a single computer, which means that if you travel a lot, you might not be able to access them., on the other hand, is cloud-based, dead simple, and only takes a couple seconds to spin up a new install. That makes it great for a temporary tool to rapidly test anything WordPress-related.

How does work?

Rather than installing software like all the local development methods linked above, you simply start by going to the website.

The homepage is about as simple as they come, with a nice black background to go along with the name and a simple button to create your WordPress test site.

To start the process, you click on the button that reads create.

A cartoon spins around for a bit (the setup takes a few minutes to load.), telling you the site is being created. And within minutes (not an exaggeration,) a page shows up that says you’re all done and you can continue to the installation. Click on the “The new WP is ready to go, visit it!” link to proceed.


You’ll then see the regular WordPress dashboard. You can perform any of the actions you’d normally take. Feel free to install plugins or themes, write posts, change up settings…it’s full-featured.

Finding your login credentials to log in later

Towards the top of the dashboard you’ll notice a box with your WordPress login credentials. If you’re using the WordPress test site for a few minutes there’s no reason to remember the credentials. But if you’re planning to come back to your WordPress test site in the future, make sure to save the credentials for future use.

You can use this test site for seven days. If you want to extend it by seven more days, simply logout and login using the given credentials.

Moving your WordPress test site to your web hosting

You might be asking yourself whether or not you can turn this WordPress test site into a real, hosted one. Absolutely!

A site migration works just as it would if you were to move from an old host to a new one. For example, you can even use the Duplicator plugin with a test site that you create using

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If the more complicated WordPress local development solutions overwhelm you, or if you’re just looking for a quick way to test out a new WordPress plugin or theme, is just about the simplest method that you’ll find.

Beyond clicking a couple buttons, there’s literally no setup. And your site is full-featured so there’s no limitation on your testing. To get started, just head on over to

Have any other questions about how to use to create a WordPress test install? Let us know in the comments!

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Powered by BlogVault (an onboarding partner of top WordPress hosts in the world), Migrate Guru uses intelligent processes on its own servers… So there is ZERO risk to your sites. It automatically rewrites URLs, bypasses import-export scripts, and handles serialised data. It also can clone WordPress sites without any manual work, add-ons, or additional tools.




Move 80% faster! (Clone 1GB sites in <30 minutes). Enter host details & click ‘Migrate’. That’s it!


The website transfer or migration process works on our servers, so it doesn’t crash your site.


Move or clone sites as large as 200 GB in a breeze. Large site migrations usually fail because of live-site server import limits.


You don’t need add-ons to move multi-sites, or sites with serialised data.


Migrate Guru automatically copies your site to our servers. After the migration is complete, the copy is erased.


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Sit back. Relax. Our real-time & email alerts will keep you up to date with the website migrate status.


Currently we don’t support:

  • Local host migrations
  • Migration of multi-site network sub-sites to a different domain or migration of a site to multi-site network subdivision.


  1. Install Migrate Guru on the site you want to clone.
  2. Install WordPress on the destination.
  3. Choose the destination web host that you want to clone your website to, enter details.
  4. Click ‘Migrate’.

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Automatic installation

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu. Click Add New.
  2. Type Migrate Guru, click Install Now, and activate it.

Manual installation

  1. In the search field type Migrate Guru and click Search Plugins.
  2. Click Download.
  3. Upload the .zip file to your web server via an FTP application. Instructions here

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What do I need to use MG?

You’ll need:
* An account on the new web hosting service
* A domain on the new host, with WordPress installed
* The destination’s FTP/cPanel details

How long does MG take to move a site?

MG can move a 1 GB (files & database) site in <30 Mins*
(*Approximate & depends on a number of factors).

Are there any limitations on the number of migrations?

Yes. We’ve enforced a limit of 5 site migrations/user/month (developers can request to have this limit extended). This cap ensures that our servers aren’t overburdened. Each of the 5 sites can be moved unlimited times.

Does MG backup my site?


Do I need to have WordPress installed in the destination?


Do I need to have MG installed in the destination to transfer my site?

No. It’s only needed on the source site.

Why do you need FTP/cPanel details?

MG needs these details since FTP/cPanel is the safest way to move your site.

How do I move a multi-site network?

When installed on a WordPress multi-site network, the plugin automatically becomes ‘network activated’. Once this is done you can go by the same steps as a single site.

Do you have a help guide/documentation?

Yes, we do. You can access it here: