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Could someone provide me with a general overview of how the software development cycle works with Umbraco;
Step 1: Locally on my development server I create a database
Step 2: Locally I create templates controls, macros etc.
Step 3: Locally I create content and graphics etc.
Step 4: Locally things look great and I am ready for production.
The next steps are what I am not sure of...
How does one go from development into production and how does one do increamental changes for example text content on the home page or a single macro change etc.
What I normally do for a first release is just cop the whole Umbraco folder to my webserver and Backup my database and restore it on the production server. Update for template/macro/xslt and usercontrols can be done by creating a package for the changes. Content is a bit more difficult. I think the best way in that scenario is using Courier which is part of Umbraco PRO More info can be found at http://www.umbraco.org/blog/2008/8/6/courier-for-content-preview
I'm interested in your package idea for getting changes to the server. If I have existing macros on server and locally, and I make updates locally, can I then create a package that includes this modified macro and upload it? And will it realise that the package contains changes for existing macro, rather than a new macro?
Usually I use FTP to upload xslt, templates (masterpages), js, css, etc to the server rather than the Umbraco interface.
Good point about the updates, didn't test that in a package. Also FTP is much easier, but the way that I'm using the package is that when I've created new functionality and I want to deploy it it's much easier to have a single package. You can upload files with ftp but you can't upload Macro's You have to create them yourself on the Server. I will/need to test it with updates in the coming week(s) and will post my finding here.
Excellent - thanks Richard.
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