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Site Modes in Scout - Live, Development and Debugging

Last updated by Ashley Cawley on February 07, 2024 10:39

00:00: The Scout control panel has three different Site modes, Live, Development and Debuging, in this video we will learn more about how each mode effects your site.

00:09: Once you login at and open your Scout control panel you will see your websites listed like this.

00:16: Click on the Settings cog beside the Site you'd like to manage.

00:20: On the Site management page you'll see a Overview section to the left

00:24: The Mode dropdown box lets you switch between Live mode, Development Mode, Or Debuging Mode.

00:30: After selecting a different mode be sure to click on the tickbox to the right of the drop-down menu.

00:36: OK, lets take a look at the different modes. Development Mode disables all forms of caching. This can be useful when building a website as it gives you an up to date view of how the website looks, after making any code or content changes.

00:50: It also blocks crawling by search engines like Google or Bing, which can be useful during the early stages of site development, as you will not want Search Engines to see a partial or incomplete version of the site.

01:01: Lets take a look at the next mode. The Debuging Mode does a few things differently. If the Site is WordPress based then it will enable WordPress's debug mode for you. This means that some PHP code errors or notices which are usually hidden from view may be displayed on the frontend of the website, so you can check for those to troubleshoot issues.

01:21: Debugging mode disables Full Page Cache, PHP Op Cache, Browser Caching and G-ZIP compression as well.

01:28: Also, it will enable the PHP "Slow Request" log which can be useful when troubleshooting performance issues. The PHP Slow Request log can be found under the Debuging tab in Scout, then select "Retrieve Logs".

01:41: In this area you have access to a variety of logs like access and error logs. Having the Debuging mode enabled can negatively impact the site's performance so it shouldn't be left enabled long-term, but it can be useful for short periods when troubleshooting or working on the site.

01:56: When you have found the information you need and you are ready to disable the Debugging Mode, there is a handy button above the log section to Disable Debug mode.

02:04: Let's look at the last mode. Live. This is the default mode of a Site and is what should be use for production when you are not building or debugging the website.

02:13: Live mode restores the caching settings. This will help to speed up the sites performance for users.

02:20: Live mode also makes the website discoverable by Search Engines.

02:25: In this guide, you learned how to switch between Live, Development, and Debugging modes in Scout. You also discovered how to access different sections, retrieve logs, and manage search engine visibility. The Scout platform was handcrafted with love by our cloudabove team in Cornwall. Thank you for watching.