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Using One License for Live and Dev Sites

User often ask, “If I have a staging/dev site and a live/production site, do I need two licenses?”

Just the one license should keep you covered: Our licenses can be used on dev/staging sites without it counting toward your license’s maximum allowed sites if its domain name is clearly a dev or staging site.

What is a domain name that is “clearly a dev or staging site”? Well, at this time our license system will not count domains with the following TLDs toward your license seats:

  • .dev
  • .test
  • .local
  • .tribe
  • .staging

Additionally:

  • Any site that is a localhost site—i.e., one running locally on your computer and not one on the public internet—can also use a license without it counting toward your license limits.

Examples

For example, if you tried to use the same Personal License key on both example.com and example.dev, this would work fine! Both sites would receive updates, and you would not get any “out of installs” notices.

However, if you tried to use the same Personal License key on both example.com and devexample.com, this would not work—only one site would be able to use the license key.

If you tried to use the same Personal License key on example.com, example.dev, example.staging, example.local, and localhost:8888/example, this would work fine! All sites would get updates, and you would not get any “out of installs” notices.

FAQs

Q: My dev site doesn’t use a .dev or .test domain name—it’s a subdomain like dev.example.com, or something else. Will this work?

A: Unfortunately, no, at this time we only support the specific TLD configurations listed above, and localhost sites.

Q: My license is active on a bunch of local sites. Can I get support for all of them?

A: No. If you have a Personal License, then you are only entitled to support for one licensed website as per our support policies and terms. If you try to get around this and get support for many different domain names, we will be able to spot this easily and will cancel your account. We do not tolerate abuse of our license keys.

Q: What can I do if I want to use a license on a dev site that doesn’t fit the criteria listed above on this article?

A: You can have your license on your dev site during development and then move it when you are ready to go live. If you need updates on the dev site, you can always move the license again or do a manual update with a latest version from your account’s downloads page. If you need help, feel free to post to our support help desk.