Developing Locally across several machines?
first post on here, as a relatively new WordPress user: about a year.
I’ve been stumped as to how to approach the issue of developing across several computers, after reading several times that working on sites live is poor practice and I should avoid doing so.
My issue is that I work on websites on 3 different computers: my work computer (iMac, my home computer (Windows 8) and also my Laptop (Windows 8). I am struggling to determine a way of working that allows me to develop locally across these 3 machines. So far, I have worked out these 3 possible methods:
- DropBox: I could potentially sync the htdocs folder across the three computers using DropBox. This poses an issue though because one of my computers is OSX, which uses MAMP, and my other 2 both utilise WAMP. I would also have to sync the database folders – this is quickly going to eat up space in my DropBox!
- WAMP Poratble: I could install WAMP portable on a USB drive, and plug that in to access my sites. Obviously this poses the same problem: not being compatible with OSX, and having to have the USB stick on me at all times I wanted to work on a site could pose problematic – not to mention if I lost it!
- Git: lastly, I could use a Git repository to sync the site across the 3 machines (I think!). However, after reading up on Git, I still feel none the wiser, and can’t help but feel this is intended for real software development and not for building a few WordPress sites – there must be a more eloquent solution!
So am I missing something here? If so, what? If not, which option should I go for?
Thanks for taking the time to read this, this forum looks like a really useful resource – I only wish I’d noticed it sooner!
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