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Setting up a Test Environment (12 posts)

  1. mkgago
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm interested in knowing how WordPress developers test out template changes before implementing them. What is the easiest way to test out new features and plugins without running the risk of screwing up one's pages?

    I'm using 1.5/default theme. thanks in advance for suggestions.

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

  3. iand
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

  4. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    Along with the "run a local test site" philosophy (which I adhere to in spades), an easy way of playing with templates in 1.5 is to set things up under a new theme, then use Ryan Boren's Theme Switcher or Preview Theme plugins.

  5. mkgago
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    thanks very much, guys.

  6. hooopla
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I asked a similar question a few days ago and one person suggested that a separate install not only allows you to experiment with themes, but also with plugins.

  7. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Why not. A separate install only takes *5 minutes*. More importantly you have a test platform for WP upgrades / patches.

  8. mkgago
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Podz, thanks so much for that link.

    A few questions:

    1. I set up XAMPP and was able to open my index.php. I see the content of the blog there, but it doesn't seem to be using the stylesheet to display the content--in contrast to what the directions say, it doesn't look like my online version of WP. Do you know what I'm missing?

    2. Is there any danger, on my own machine, of setting the user to root with no password?

    thanks in advance for your help.

  9. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    2: None that I know of

    1. When you see the unstyled blog, View Source and see what the path to the CSS is ?

  10. mkgago
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    thanks, podz.

    I looked at the source, and the link to the css is

    http://127.0.0.1/wp-content/themes/default/style.css

    instead of

    http://127.0.0.1/blog/wp-content/themes/default/style.css

    where would I go to change that?

    every single link on the page is like that (ie., the archives/permalinks don't work either; neither does http://127.0.0.1/blog/wp-admin/post.php

    sorry to be such a dunce. thanks for the help.

  11. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I would open the database using phpmyadmin and check the site_url and home values.

  12. mkgago
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    that was simple. thanks for the help, podz--I'm good to go now.

    XAMPP is awesome!!!!!! so happy to have this resource.

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