I currently have a WPMU install running about 3-4 child sites (over the next couple of years, I’m likely to have 30-40 sites in this Network) and I’m looking for advice on how to best create a Development and Staging environment.
My primary concern is WordPress updates possibly breaking something in one of the sites, or Plugins or Themes causing a problem, if I skip the Dev/Staging steps and go straight to my production server. I simply cannot afford to have sites on the network fall apart, due to an update.
I’m curious as to how most people choose to do this. I’ve seen some people running WP locally on their machine (I’m on a Mac), for development, but that doesn’t seem to make sense to me.
What are the best methods for testing, before taking content to the LIVE server?
I’m also considering a product called RAMP, to simplify what I’m looking to do.
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