Updating plugins and themes can sometimes cause unexpected changes to the look and feel of your WordPress site.
Our Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce Hosting has a simple technology to help you view the differences in your website when you update plugins called the Visual Comparison Tool.
With the Visual Comparison Tool, your Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce Hosting will automatically create a copy (or staging site), update your plugins, and give you the ability to see what changes (if any) the plugin update made to your site before it goes into production. If there are no issues with the site, your plugins will automatically update on the production site.
While you can manually create a staging site, run the updates, then apply successful updates to your production site, this feature saves you all the time and work of doing the comparison yourself. The Visual Comparison Tool will run nightly on your sites.
It is possible to control which URL paths are being included and excluded in the visual comparison tool directly in the Nexcess dashboard from wp-admin of your site. It is recommended to have up to ten URLs to be set on the priority pages.
Nexcess > Dashboard > Priority Pages
If you go to the priority pages tab in the Nexcess Dashboard you will see a number of default paths for URLs that have been added by default. You can delete any of the existing ones that have been added or updated to include different URL paths.
It is also possible to add new URL paths using the Add URL button and then remember to click on the Save Changes button.
The Visual Comparison Tool is automatically enabled in your Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce Hosting portal. If you want to disable it for any reason, it's as easy as clicking a button.
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