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Learning, test and development while site is live? (3 posts)

  1. abebe
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    So my WordPress website and blog are up and running - very, very cool. (Migrated from wordpress.com. Lost comments, but everything else is finally okay.)

    I know there's a whole world of themes and plug-ins and so much more I could use to improve the appearance and usability of my website. I need to learn this stuff through trial and error.

    How do I set up a parallel development and test environment that uses my up-to-date content, but doesn't mess with my live site until I push the button? Should I do this on my home computer (I can see the eventual upload being a problem), or do most hosting providers (mine is HostGator) provide a sandbox environment with access to my data?

    Thanks.

  2. scsmash3r
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You can simply create additional directory at your hosting and unzip wordpress pack contents there. Set it up and make it your sandbox :)

    Or install Denwer on your local machine, but it will be a bit of a PITA when migrating from your local to some other hoster.

  3. keesiemeijer
    moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

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