Setting up Development or Test Site

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    Euchre4
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    Now that my site is actually live, I want to setup both a mirror site and a development site while I work on the next major release.

    I have tried 2 different options to setup a mirror site.

    http://quirm.net/2011/05/05/installing-wordpress-locally-using-easyphp/

    I have easyphp running but can’t get it the mysql db to work :-(

    This option has been more successful

    http://semperfiwebdesign.com/blog/setting-up-a-wordpress-development-environment-on-your-hosted-server/

    however when I copied public_html to my  backup site none of my pages copied over.

    Anyone out there have suggestions / options?   I imagine this is a fairly common need as I certainly don’t want to blast updates to live without testing them first.

    Thanks

     

    Mike

     

     

    #20833

    braddalton
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    Use the WP Migrate DB plugin


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    #21286

    Euchre4
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    Thanks for the reply Brad.  I was hoping to have my mirror site on the server, and also create a development site for the next rev. on the web.  It appears that installing locally is the preferred method.  I can see the benefit of a local mirror for updates to the existing site, but when you have a client that wants to see progress on your next rev. of the site, a web based copy makes sense.

     

    Mike

    #21291

    braddalton
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    No worries.

    I think MS Webmatrix enables you to work locally and update back and forth but its not well supported for setup tutorials and a totally system than anything else i have tried to learn how to use for this purpose.

    Personally, i use instantwp.com with the entire SP range of themes installed.


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    #43167

    Nick Carter
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                 Well as per  my concern the best method for testing is to mirror your site on the live server. I do development on localhost as well but there are generally too many differences between my local machine and the “real” server to be sure everything works as expected.

    For a mirror basically setup a subdomain on your hosting server, setup a mirror database, dump the live files to the development mirror and dump the live mysql database and import it to the mirror database.

    For instance today I have to track down an error after upgrading to 2.0.4 on a live site. So I’ll dump the live database and sFTP the files to my localhost.


    #43171

    Nick Carter
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    Well as per my knowledge the best method for testing is to mirror your site on the live server. I do development on localhost as well but there are generally too many differences between my local machine and the “real” server to be sure everything works as expected.
    For a mirror basically setup a subdomain on your hosting server, setup a mirror database, dump the live files to the development mirror and dump the live mysql database and import it to the mirror database.    For instance today I have to track down an error after upgrading to 2.0.4 on a live site. So I’ll dump the live database and sFTP the files to my localhost.


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