Can I use my license on a staging site?

You can activate your license on one live/production site and one staging/test/development site. The system automatically recognizes specific domain and subdomain conventions as staging or development environments. Here is the list:


  • local.*
  • dev.*
  • test.*
  • stage.*
  • staging.*
  • stagingN.* (SiteGround: N is an unsigned int)


  • *.dev
  • * (DesktopServer)
  • *.test
  • *.local
  • *.localhost
  • *.staging
  • *.example
  • * (GoDaddy)
  • * (WP Engine)
  • * (Cloudways)

Additionally, the system will also treat localhost as a staging domain.

If you bought a Personal or Business license (before June 6, 2022):
Personal and Business licenses do not support activation on staging sites.
The “Personal” license will support activation on a staging site if you renew the license after June 6, 2022.