So, I'm considering various ways to create a nice staging environment for things like updating (for example, to 3.5.1, which I havent yet), as well as experimenting with layout changes.
I'm wondering, if I set up a directory for staging.mydomain.com, for example, is it safe to simply copy the production WordPress directory there, make my changes and test everything, then copy it back? My only real concern is how it interacts with the database.
My WordPress site is nothing more than a blog with a single user, me, so it's nothing very complex. I figured something like what I've just asked about is reasonable but I wanted to be sure before I screwed something up.