WordPress Development

WordPress Question: How Can You Create an Easy Staging Environment?

Our WordPress Q&A Session continues! We’re asking you folk to send in your questions about WordPress, and we’re handing out free memberships at WPMU DEV for your troubles. Check out the details here.

Today’s question is about creating a staging environment for WordPress development, and comes to us from a member of the WPMU community named Matt.

What’s the easiest way to create a stable staging server, in parallel to the production server, when building a WordPress site? And what sort of system or tool would I need to push from staging to live, with as little fuss as possible?


How to set up a staging environment for WordPress

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Interview with Brad Markle of the Memory Viewer Plugin

It’s no secret that we’re fans of killer tools that help WordPress users be more efficient.  We’ve already mentioned the new(ish) plugin, Memory Viewer, here on WPMU.org and even recommend it to members over on WPMU DEV.

So we were stoked to sit down and discuss with Brad Markle of Inmotion Hosting (virtually via email of course) and gather some of his thoughts behind this handy plugin.

First off, Brad tell us about your Memory Viewer in your own words.


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Christmas Reading For The WordPress Developer

Perhaps you are still rushing around doing last-minute Christmas shopping. Or maybe you scoff at the idea that the 22nd is “last minute” – after all, there are still two days until Christmas Eve!

Either way, inspiration is often hard to come by. If you are searching for gift inspiration for a WordPress developer (or if you feel like treating yourself), you are in the right place. Any WordPress designer can benefit from one or more of the books below.
WordPress Bible


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5 Places to Find a Good WordPress Developer or Designer

Despite the limitless DIY possibilities that WordPress offers, at some point many folk will still want to hire a developer or designer to take their site to the next level.

Luckily, there ain’t no shortage of ‘em. Around the world there are thousands upon thousands of WordPress professionals who sell their services on a contract basis.

The question is: where do you start looking? If you’re new to the game and looking to hire some WordPress talent for the first time, these are a few suggestions to get you started.

Code Poet

Where to find WordPress help

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Learn WordPress For Free With These 10 Great Resources

UPDATE: For beginner WordPress users, we’ve expanded on this article and created a new 7 day plan for learning WordPress – check it out!
The most inspiring thing about WordPress is that anyone can learn and master it, without spending a cent, in a relatively short period of time.

If you’re fairly new to WordPress and feel like learning it would take a lifetime, remember that the software was only released in 2003 – eight short years ago. Plenty of people have become WordPress professionals since then. (As of this year, an estimated 20,000 people make their living with WP).

Learn how to use WordPress with free tutorials

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Another 5 Things Your WordPress Site Doesn’t Need

This is the third segment in a series on removing stuff from WordPress. I recommend you check out Part 1 and Part 2.

The last couple of articles on this subject garnered plenty of interesting responses and suggestions from our readers, which I thought warranted a third post in the series.

So here we go with yet another 5 things that you can remove from WordPress, all in the name of making your site faster, simpler and more secure.

1. Your WordPress version number

Simplify WordPress Remove Junk

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Attention Web Geeks: Here’s Your Early Christmas Present

This is a bit of fun for the festive season.

24ways is an online advent calendar for anyone interested in web design and development. For each day of December leading up to Christmas, the site will deliver a new tidbit of useful web wisdom.

First up on the menu is a tutorial on creating custom font stacks with the unicode-range. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

They’ve been running this site every year since 2005, so you can browse through the archives at your leisure. Enjoy!

Image credit: Santa Claus from Bigstockphoto.

Christmas for web geeks

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Copy WordPress Development Sites Instantly with DesktopServer

We recently reviewed DesktopServer, an exciting new WordPress tool that allows you to create a WordPress development environment in seconds. It one of the quickest and easiest ways to set up a development environment for Mac and Windows users and has quickly become an irreplaceable part of my workflow.

The Copy Feature
DesktopServer has a cool new feature in both the free and premium versions that allows you to quickly and easily copy your development sites.


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How to Create a WordPress Development Environment in Seconds with DesktopServer

I love to try out new ways to set up test environments for WordPress, in hopes of finding the most ideal development set up. DesktopServer is one that I found particularly easy to set up, even for non-technical persons. It is a free product from ServerPress that is suitable for Mac and Windows users alike. I mentioned DesktopServer in 10 Ways to Set Up a Testing Environment for WordPress. After giving it a test run, it was so outstanding that I wanted to go a little more in depth for our readers.


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10 Ways to Set Up a Testing Environment for WordPress

It’s very important to have an environment where you can test new themes and plugins without breaking your live site. That’s why many WordPress site administrators choose to set up a staging ground for exploring new options and then committing them to the live site after thorough testing. We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to set up a testing environment. The local environments will depend on your operating system. Bookmark your favorites and start working unplugged!



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