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License Utilization

Using One License for Live / Production, Staging, Dev and Localhost Sites

When creating a new plan, by default, we set the plan to generate licenses that can be activated on localhost/staging/dev environments without the need to purchase any additional licenses.

If you keep that option set as recommended, one license should keep your customers covered. Localhost, staging and development environments won’t get counted toward the license’s maximum allowed sites if its domain name is clearly a dev or staging site.

TLDs that are considered as dev or staging:

  • *.dev
  • *.dev.cc (DesktopServer)
  • *.test
  • *.local
  • *.staging
  • *.example
  • *.invalid
  • *.myftpupload.com (GoDaddy)
  • *.cloudwaysapps.com (Cloudways)
  • *.wpsandbox.pro (WPSandbox)
  • *.ngrok.io (tunneling)

Subdomains that are considered as dev or staging:

  • local.*
  • dev.*
  • test.*
  • stage.*
  • staging.*
  • stagingN.* (SiteGround; N is an unsigned int)
  • *.wpengine.com (WP Engine)
  • dev-*.pantheonsite.io (Pantheon)
  • test-*.pantheonsite.io (Pantheon)
  • staging-*.kinsta.com (Kinsta)
  • staging-*.kinsta.cloud (Kinsta)
  • *.mystagingwebsite.com' (Pressable)

Additionally, if your domain is localhost (with any port), it will also be treated as a localhost domain.

If your customer want to utilize a license on a dev site that doesn’t fit the criteria listed above they can deactivate the license from within the Account page in their WP Admin dashboard, and then reuse the license.