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Whats the best way to save and export multiple designs for a site? (4 posts)

  1. Leofitz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm trying to figure out what the easiest way is to design and save multiple web site layouts and styles. That is, if I wanted to zip and export and all needed elements of a site to someone else, how do I setup the WordPress environment and what do I save? Is there a way to use relative paths during the design process, instead of permalink absolute paths, so that the site opens and displays when someone else opens it on their local computer?

    Also when I'm brainstorming while building a design what's the easiest way to save stages or variants of the design if I wanted to show several to a client? It seems like there must be an easier way than to do a complete new WP install for every new design comp. I've tried creating multiple child themes as a way to toggle between different design solutions. It seems it should work but it doesn't.

    If I want to return to the point of a fresh install, can I just delete all database files, and clear the style.css file? I've noticed that after I've been experimenting with various layouts and styles, that it becomes more and more difficult to avoid the interference of previous styles, layouts, etc.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

  2. I always do mockups and build templates before bringing the site into WordPress. In other words, I go through the design process with the client and finalize what the site will look like before converting the site into a WordPress theme. Once the client approves the HTML template (sample page), then I build the site in WordPress and there are few changes after that because the client already knows what the site is going to look like.

    That is, if I wanted to zip and export and all needed elements of a site to someone else,

    I would never do that. What I recommend is to set up a test server - an account like mydomain.com - and create a password-protected subdomain for each client. i.e. myclient.mydomain.com That way, all you do is send your client a link, username, and password to see whatever work you've done. Once you're ready to go live, you move the site to the client's host. You always retain a copy of the site on your test server so if you need to make changes and updates after that, you do them on the test server first to make sure nothing breaks, then do them on the live server.

    This is how I work but I'm sure others have different methods. I find this method quite efficient.

  3. Leofitz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for your advice Zoonini. I follow your points made. I have another related situation that's a bit different. I'd like to be able to provide students a half completed WP site and then have them customize it. So maybe the only way is to create a theme?

  4. I'd like to be able to provide students a half completed WP site and then have them customize it. So maybe the only way is to create a theme?

    That's probably what I would do.

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