In software and web development, deployment is the process of moving code from one environment to another, usually in the form of changes or updates. It combines manual and automated processes that help you test new code, respond to user-requested changes, and adjust bugs.
Deployment models vary, but most follow the left-to-right method. Content management systems (CMS) generally deploy updates along this environment path: Local > Development > Staging > Live. The total number of environments depends on the size of the website and its needs, and a live environment (the one available to the public) is usually its last step.
Webflow’s environments let you save and deploy changes without publishing them so you can experiment and test new web design. When you’re ready to publish and deploy into a live environment, you can preview your work first.