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  • 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.

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