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  • I must be missing something. With any web dev I’ve done in the past, I’ve always developed locally or on a dev box. Any changes I would make would first be made locally then uploaded. I’ll be darned if I’ve yet to figure out a good development/testing structure for ongoing maintenance/updating for WordPress!

    For the last WP site I did: I developed locally, but it was such a pain in the butt to keep that kind of local/dev/testing/upload structure that I just began working on the production end. Now that I’ve got to update/reDesign this site, boy am I in a pickle since that prod DB got written to all the while. So now I’m faced with like … a thousand steps to get my local/dev machine to match up with prod to make changes.

    Can someone point me out a thorough tutorial on developing locally for eventual upload?!?

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  • Christine Rondeau


    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    What I would do is set up a subfolder and duplicate the existing database.
    I would work set up a new installation of WP in the subfolder, connect to the new database, work on the re-design and then do the switch.

    The only problem with that though, is that if there’s a lot of changes on the existing site while you are working, then you will have to re-implement those when you go live and switch the new db. If the re-design phase doesn’t take too long and you explain to your client that it would be best if they didn’t make too many changes to the live site, then you should be ok.

    I wrote a blog post a while back about my process. Have a read and let me know if it helps.

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