Migration of Multisite Live -> Dev

Hiya guys.

I went about it the wrong way. I started off developing my mu live because I didn’t think it would take off. Then it started to take off and now I have angry (rightly so) users that complain when I develop and test features. So I need to move the live install to a development environment.

(Given I found guides on how to move a multisite I need advice of certain issues)

The questions I have are:

1. I was thinking, why move everything and not just move the wordpress part. I.e. I don’t need all the blogs created (there are tons) I just need the main blog and wp install to develop and test plugins etc. Is it possible to just move the ‘main’ part of wordpress, develop it and test, and move back ONLY the main part into the live multisite install? (God I hope I was clear :slight_smile:

2. Any suggestions or advice I should take onboard before attempting said feat? It must happen on a weekly basis for developers. :slight_smile:

Thanks to all of you.