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Create CMS Test or Sandbox Area

It is very dangerous practice to be making changes in the editor that are immediately going live once they are saved. Please create a test region for the CMS editor so we can do our changes, see how they look and/or fix mistakes (spelling, font, blowing up pictures). Once we are all set, then hit a Publish button that will upload the files to production. It looks unprofessional when a client or visitor sees a WIP page in production. Thanks.

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    Jerry BurnsJerry Burns shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Chad PierceChad Pierce shared a merged idea: Create a developer mode that allows changes to the site to not have to be made live..  ·   · 
    Nancy RosenthalNancy Rosenthal shared a merged idea: Add the capability to do a test environment  ·   · 
    Conni EversullConni Eversull shared a merged idea: Set up a 'sandbox' for testing updates to pages  ·   · 

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      • Melissa (Hubspot user)Melissa (Hubspot user) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just wanted to add my name to the pot, so that Hubspot hopefully understands how crucial this is and to how many people. Any news on a rollout date? ETA? Thanks!

      • TomTom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there a timeline for this feature? It is HUGE lack now.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is the BETA version available to anyone? Partners? We are trying to onboard new dev resources and obviously can not have them learning in editors of live sites.

        How can this be elevated? You team always to post here and things will be addressed - this conversation started in 2012.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very interested in an update on this. Is this Beta version available to partners?

      • Tim ChingosTim Chingos commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For everyone comment here I'm guessing there are 10 people who aren't commenting. This is a big deal. Please do what you can to prioritize this.

      • Aaron RansleyAaron Ransley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am curious about a solution or workaround that addresses the need to stage global style changes, toggling options that have sweeping effects, etc. I am currently working with a team to rework a software vendor's Web presence and content architecture. Since they are currently using HubSpot 'Site Pages' in a production capacity, I cannot figure a way to make changes via the 'Design Manager' and stage them at a separate URL for client verification. Instead, visitors receive half-baked design implementations, etc.

        Would it be possible to work around this by cloning a current HubSpot account to a new staging URL, and manually copying content between the two accounts to achieve a kind of hacked up deployment workflow?

      • AndersAnders commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is CRUCIAL, so glad there is some movement on this. Besides the hindrance of slow or interrupted internet connections, working on a live environment is never a good idea. Looking forward to this!

      • SueSue commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since the post/answer from Admin this past June, are there any updates? We are in the process of a redesign using one of Hubspot's templates and need a testing area to develop it.

      • ChristineChristine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Recently had this problem with a website redesign. Our roundabout way of addressing this issue was cloning the CSS file and every single template.

      • Chris DavisChris Davis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any update on this? We have multiple clients that are already on the COS and want to do completely new website designs.

      • Gregg MakuchGregg Makuch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agreed - this is critical to assuage UI / UX concerns, especially on any changes that are a bit more than cosmetic.

      • VoldbyVoldby commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not only a great suggestion but also important one.
        We are continuously making minor but significant improvement to our blog, and design and develop on the live site is far from perfect.
        If I could, I would have giving more than 3 votes.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Big issue with this not being in existent. First, I've noticed that changes to pages on the COS after hitting just "Save" go live when you should have to push "Update". Second, once someone is on the COS, if they wanted to update their website design, currently I don't know of a way to do that without things being live right away. Hopefully this will be rolled out SOON!

      • LiseLise commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Has this been implemented yet? This is a huge issue if not, thanks.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I completely agree. Having done websites and web applications for almost 20 years, I am amazed that Hubspot does not offer any way to implement a site redesign without the work-in-progress being viewable to users of my client's website. This is a serious oversight that must be addressed if hubspot hopes to be a widespread CMS/COS solution.

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