InstaWP Connect – 1-click WP Staging & Migration (beta)


InstaWP allows you to create WordPress websites for testing, development and staging with seconds. Using this companion plugin you can connect your existing WordPress sites anywhere on the internet to your InstaWP. After your site is connected, you can create 1-click staging websites from within the WP admin panel.


  • All staging websites are created on InstaWP, so zero mess in your hosting account.
  • Auto login to your Connected sites from InstaWP (
  • Heartbeat from your Connected sites keeps you updates on site health.
  • Basic site information shown inside InstaWP (coming soon..).
  • 2 way push from staging to prod and vice versa. (Iterative sync coming soon..).

What is InstaWP?

InstaWP is an online WordPress development environment to get you started with a new WP site within seconds. You can get a free account here – Key features include:

  • Instant site creation.
  • Code Editor, DB Editor and Logs viewer.
  • Magic login to WP admin panel.
  • Migrate to any hosting provider.
  • Access SFTP/SSH (pro).
  • Map custom domain (pro).
  • Save as template, snapshot of site.
  • Shared templates for public sandbox.
  • Invite team members (pro).
  • Git integration and Github actions support.
  • Preset configurations.
  • 3rd party services integrations.


  • Staging Process - Select Staging Type.
  • Staging Process - Select Options.
  • Staging Process - Confirm Selection.
  • Staging Process - Monitor Progress.
  • All Staging Sites
  • Update API Key and Settings.


  1. Generate a new API key from your InstaWP Account from
  2. Paste the key into the InstaWP Connect Settings.
  3. Go to “Create New” and connect the InstaWP Connect to the cloud.
  4. Now enjoy creating staging websites.
  5. Go to to see list of all your connected sites.


September 4, 2023 1 reply
This plugin is doing a great job duplicating temporaly your site for staging purpose. The sync option works really well for choosing what you want to push to your live instance. I had some trouble creating a staging because of another plugin blocking the rest api. They took at least one hour to try and fix the issue. Really great job !!
June 14, 2023
I personally use InstaWP multiple times every single day. At work, our entire team uses it multiple times every single day. I want to say that I can't imagine life without it, but I can because I've been struggling with the problems it solves for my entire career. It's hard to overstate how important it is for us. If something happened and it ceased to exist tomorrow, we'd need to go out and build something with all of the core functionality so that we could stay in business. We use it in development to test new features and bug fixes. We use it for support to see the problems our customers are having and test our solution. And we use it for sales, so prospective customers can try our product before they buy it. Oh, and if you have any problems, you can count on Vikas, the founder of the company, to personally reply to your support request in minutes. Absolutely insane product by an incredible team.
June 13, 2023
InstaWP is a game changer and supercharged our productivity.We make extensive use of InstaWP for our products WP All Import, Oxygen, and Breakdance.We use InstaWP internally for development and testing.Our marketing and docs teams use it to create demo installs that we can use for video tutorials, marketing promos, etc.Our support team makes extensive use of it for debugging problems on customer sites without concern about breaking a live site.Prospective customers use it to get a 1-click evaluation of our products before they buy. And we've tested this - it increases sales. And customer happiness.The list goes on and on.Whenever we need a WordPress install for anything, InstaWP is our tool of choice.Highly recommended.-Louis ReingoldCEO @ Soflyy
November 4, 2022 1 reply
I've been using InstaWP for several months now... My initial experience using this plugin. 1. I don't remember if I had to login to my existing InstaWP account to generate the API. That said, when the test site was created, it showed up in my InstaWP dashboard - if I had not logged in, this is pure magic ! 2. Backing up my localserver site (I'm using Xamp, php 7.4), uploading the files and setting up the server took about 10 minutes, this will depend on the site size, and your internet connection, in my case, the site was probably between 150 - 200MB, so 10 minutes to do all that, is pretty good I suppose. 3. Now the issue I encountered which was easy to fix, but InstaWP should do this, so people with less experience would not be put off. For the record, I was using my own home made HYBRID FSE theme (hybrid, because I have restored the Original Widget Screen, The Menu screen and the Theme Customizer), ACF Pro (latest version) and 13 other various plugins, including the free version of Max Mega Menu. So the FSE theme is not using the Navigation block but a menu created with Max Mega Menu. NOW, the site loaded fine, the home page loaded perfectly, but none of the menu items were working, I was getting a 404 error. The fix was simple, all I had to do was to flush the permalinks, and all was fine. I gave all the above details so for you to know if a plugin was the cause of this, or we need to flush the permalinks every time we create a test site with this plugin. For the record, manually deploying a test site from the InstaWP dashboard this never happens. Overall, this plugin at least for me is a God sent - thank you very much, you guys a simply amazing, in the near future I will change from a free user to a paid one, and even though I was debating it, this plugin is pushing me over the line and paying for it... Nick.
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  • 14/09/2023 – NEW – Exclude selected files from the migration process.
  • 14/09/2023 – FIX – Bath syncing change events for 2 way sync.
  • 12/09/2023 – FIX – Deployer mode updated with new WaaS flow.
  • 14/09/2023 – FIX – Stabilise migrations/staging process.

  • 08/09/2023 – NEW – Split uploading backup files to cloud part based.
  • 08/09/2023 – NEW – Exclude unnecessary backup files created from other plugins during the migration process
  • 08/09/2023 – FIX – Fixed abort migration issues and duplicate migration starting.

  • 04/09/2023 – FIX – Fixed critical error on staging sites loading.
  • 04/09/2023 – FIX – Fixed disconnect API with a warning about site deletion.
  • 04/09/2023 – FIX – Fixed two-way sync sites listing issue.

  • 02/09/2023 – FIX – Fixed database restore timeout issue.
  • 02/09/2023 – FIX – Fixed Radis Object Cache plugin conflict.

  • 31/08/2023 – NEW – Added disconnect button in plugin screen.
  • 31/08/2023 – FIX – Fixed loading media from parent site when doing quick migration.
  • 31/08/2023 – FIX – Fixed flush permalink issue through while happening through CLI.

  • 28/08/2023 – FIX – Fixed repetitive migration process.

  • 24/08/2023 – NEW – Added plugin installation/update/delete features in two-way sync.
  • 24/08/2023 – NEW – Added media transferring features in two-way sync.
  • 24/08/2023 – FIX – Fixed migration abort issues from external sources.
  • 24/08/2023 – FIX – Fixed starting of repetitive migration after completing one.
  • 24/08/2023 – FIX – Fixed over populating native debug.log files.
  • 24/08/2023 – FIX – Stabilise migrations/staging process.

  • 21/08/2023 – NEW – Remote Management features added on the Beta programs.
  • 21/08/2023 – FIX – Stabilising the migrations process.
  • 21/08/2023 – FIX – Auto login issue with magic login button.

  • 07/08/2023 – FIX – Fix reset permalink after successful migration.
  • 07/08/2023 – FIX – Stabilise migrations/staging process.

  • 05/08/2023 – FIX – Stabilise migrations/staging process.

  • 02/08/2023 – NEW – Automatically hide Staging Sites from search engines.
  • 02/08/2023 – FIX – Restrict staging site creation for a site already marked as staging.
  • 02/08/2023 – FIX – Stabilise migrations/staging process.

  • 28/07/2023 – FIX – Fix limit checking warning screen issues.
  • 28/07/2023 – FIX – Allow migration from local WordPress installations.
  • 28/07/2023 – FIX – Fixed some UI issues regarding user experience.

  • 24/07/2023 – FIX – Fix Sync API vulnerability issue, disclosure by WordFence.

  • 20/07/2023 – NEW – [ BETA ] Implemented two-way sync. Production to staging and vice versa. Includes Compatibility with: Posts, Media, Pages, Custom Post Types
  • 20/07/2023 – NEW – Implement new migration algorithm, So website migration is now much more stable and faster.
  • 20/07/2023 – NEW – Added remote management features.
  • 20/07/2023 – FIX – Fix WaaS and Migrate V2 migration flows.
  • 20/07/2023 – FIX – Minor changes on the migration user interface.

  • 06/07/2023 – FIX – Fix site usage checking issues.
  • 06/07/2023 – FIX – Fix WaaS and Migrate V2 migration flows.

  • 04/07/2023 – FIX – Fix minor migration issues. Website migration is now much more stable and faster.

  • 15/06/2023 – FIX – Fix migration issues on wizard go live flow.
  • 15/06/2023 – FIX – Update user interface to display limit issues before starting migration.
  • 15/06/2023 – FIX – Added a “Start Over” button in the limit warning screen.

  • 31/05/2023 – FIX – Fix some migration issues on staging to production flow.

  • 30/05/2023 – NEW – New user interface of the plugin.
  • 30/05/2023 – FIX – Fix many errors in the migration process.
  • 30/05/2023 – FIX – Fix migration issues on staging to production flow.

  • 24/05/2023 – FIX – Wizard Mode Migration errors fixed.

  • 11/05/2023 – FIX – Wizard Mode Migration is now updated.
  • 11/05/2023 – FIX – Migration Process errors fixed, migration is now more stable.
  • 15/05/2023 – FIX – Added Migration Status Timelapsed.

  • 28/04/2023 – UPDATE – Improve calculating migration progress status.

  • 18/04/2023 – FIX – Fix many errors while restoring process.

  • 13/04/2023 – UPDATE – Heartbeat interval default changed to 15 minutes.
  • 13/04/2023 – UPDATE – API key manual input allowed in the settings page.
  • 13/04/2023 – FIX – API key is not setting properly after returning from auth screen.

  • 11/04/2023 – NEW – Added plugin reset functionality.

  • 11/04/2023 – NEW – Parallel approaches for site migration.
  • 11/04/2023 – Improved performance and updated user interface.
  • 11/04/2023 – FIX – Many bug fixes.

  • Still in beta version, but more stable
  • 2 way Sync option enabled (from staging to prod)
  • Many bug fixes


  • Major bug fixes and quick backup option.


  • Initial release of the plugin.