How Local Development Can Help Your Business

Oct 21, 2013 | Web Development

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If you are not a web developer, you may have no idea what local development is, or how it could be important to your company. Basically, local development is the processes of developing and testing new features of a website on a version that exists on your computer or a private server. Here, developers can implement changes to a website and fix any issues that might occur without running the risk of breaking the site that customers or potential customers will see.

Once the changes have been implemented correctly on the local site, these changes can be pushed to the public site so visitors can see the new changes without a second of down-time on your website.

Even if you are implementing small changes, test them on the local site first. If your site uses a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, testing locally first is even more important. Simple things like updating a WordPress plugin could break the plugin and have a negative impact on your public site.

Testing updates locally first ensures there are no issues with a new plug-in update or no issues with the developer’s implementation of the update. If you are a confident web developer, it’s easy to feel that testing locally first then pushing changes to the live site is a waste of time. Even if 90 percent of the changes you make to your live site are problem-free, it’s still important to develop the habit of testing locally.

If you can make local development a habit, you will never have to worry about visitors viewing a broken site.

Brandon Heim
Brandon Heim
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