Test Site

Please contact web-platform@berkeley.edu if you do not know the URL of your test site.

Site Builders/Editors/Contributors with Open Berkeley sites also have access to a "test" environment. This is an entirely separate environment from your live (production) environment.

When you first start building an Open Berkeley website, you will do everything in the test environment first. When you are ready to launch, the live (production) environment will be created separately, and your test environment will continue to be available.

If this is your first time creating or editing content, you may want to try things out on the test site before you create/edit content on the actual "live" website. When you are ready, you will have to recreate the content on the live site (it cannot be "moved" from the test site to the live site – if the database on the test site was moved to the live site, all of the live site content would be replaced by the test site content).

Tips for working in the Test environment

  • Make sure to verify that you are on the test site and not the live site if you are experimenting.
  • If you have a live site, the test site should be for experiments only.  You should not leave any working content updates on the test site that you would be upset to lose (you should backup any text content or images separately).
    • If your site owner requests it, we can sync the content on the test site with the content on the live site. This will refresh the test site content, but you will lose any test content (it will be replaced by the live content) so typically you don't want to create a lot of "real" work on the test site in case the site owner requests a refresh without checking with all of the content editors.
    • It is also possible that a security or technical update would require the Open Berkeley team to refresh your test site content for testing purposes.
  • You can share the test link internally (with your immediate office) if you would like someone to preview your work, but do not share the link with others outside your office.
  • When finished with your tests, recreate the content on your live site. When you are comfortable with creating content, you do not need to create on the test site first. All final content should be created directly on the live website.