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  • Instead of building my site on my iMac, I build it on a virtual server, I don’t even need a real domain name. I do this via my iMac’s host file:

    sudo nano /etc/hosts
    <ip_address> <domain name I am developing for>



    I prefer this method of hosting it myself so I can see the speed online and don’t have to worry about a bunch of software to install on my iMac.

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  • I do the same type of thing to my hosts file, but I create URLs that resolve locally to folders within my users/sites folder.

    I’ve found its always faster to develop locally with no network lag than it is to develop on a remote server.

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