I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction of how to make a "test" site. Once the site was fully designed, any minor updates I usually have been doing them live. But the site is starting to get a good amount of traffic and I have some major updates to make that I may need to play with to find the right way for it to work. What is the best way to create a test site from the current live site? Can I just copy the WordPress install onto a subdomain? Can I attach it to the same database or do I need to make a new one? I understand this isn't a Genesis question but I hoped someone here would be willing to help or maybe point me in the right direction.
Do it locally is best.
Install WordPress using http://instantwp.com or Mamp
Use wp migrate db plugin to migrate your database to your local installation or the export tool
You could also move it to a sub domain.
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Thanks. I'm on mac so I'm going to check out Mamp.
If you want to design / test locally I can strongly suggest ServerPress [ http://serverpress.com/ ] it also comes with a Full Migration option, however I use it in combination with Backup Buddy [ http://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy/ ] Together they are a Golden Team.
However, I prefer to use a Live Testing Server, I purchased a domain and cheap hosting, and just upload it to my Testsite, once I'm happy with it, I use Backup Buddy to move it to it's final place.
The benefits of this, is that you can work on it from any and multiple laptop(s) / computer(s)
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