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What is a demo site?

Updated on May 13th, 2021

Demo sites on Flywheel allow you to set up a demonstration of a WordPress site free for up to 14 days, prior to paying for a subscription.


Demo site use cases

The typical use case for demo sites is handling final delivery of client sites when you want your client to pay for the hosting.

For example, you can develop a WordPress site locally (we recommend our app Local — it’s free, fast and super functional), then migrate it to a demo site on Flywheel for your client’s approval. When you’re ready, you can transfer billing to your client. Easy!


How to create and transfer demo site

  1. Log into Flywheel and click the Create a New Site button
  2. Click the Create a Demo Site button.
  3. Migrate the client’s site to the demo site you created. If you’re using Local, use the Connect to Flywheel feature, or check out one of our handy migration guides.
  4. If your client requests changes, you can make them directly to the demo site!
  5. When you’re ready, click Set Up Billing to generate an email to your client with a link to create their own subscription on Flywheel.
  6. Once your client finishes setting up the site subscription, the demo site is converted to a paid site, and is ready to be taken live. You can then point the site’s domain to Flywheel! For more information on this process, check out this help article: How do I go live on Flywheel?

Still need help?

If you run into any snags setting up a demo site, our Happiness Engineers would be glad to assist.

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