Developing and testing locally

It is vital to have some sort of local test environment for Joomla or for any website project you have.

Ideally you always work locally, then move all your work to the live site when completed. If you are doing your development on a live site, or doing upgrades and feature changes to a live site, you are playing with fire and it’s only a matter of time before you burn yourself.

I use MAMP as I use Mac and find it very simple, lightweight, and easy to use. If you are on a PC you can try XAMPP or JSAS.  YYMV on what you prefer.  I think XAMPP is a bit cumbersome, and has a slight learning curve.  MAMP is as easy as you can get, and JSAS is right in the middle of the two.

No matter what you prefer, make sure you stick to it.  Nothing is worse then doing a Joomla upgrade, and finding your site offline to the world and with no clear path to fix it.  Do it locally, before you do it publicly.

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5 Comments

  1. Thanks for that Bruno – i didn’t know of that one :) Is that for Windows or Mac?

  2. Hi Chris,

    This is for Windows, I’m not much of a Mac man…not much of a Windows Vista and Windows 7 either ;)

    Works well on Windows XP as pretty much everything else works, I use so much software and some from very small development firms that XP is pretty much the standard.

    But give it a shot and let me know what it works on.

    Cheers!

  3. Nice one Bruno :)

    I’ll keep that in mind if i ever lose my marbles and decide to go back to windows :P Just kidding ;) Always good to know what the options are..

    Cheers,
    Chris

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