If you’re not afraid to break something, then you may want to utilize Git for deployment.
I’m pretty much doing this for my own site (because I’m not overly concerned if it breaks) but for client sites, I definitely would NOT take this approach.
[Using Git for Deployment](http://danbarber.me/using-git-for-deployment/ “Using Git for Deployment”)
For client or work-related work, I would do a master branch, develop branch, and then feature branches to do edits and updates with.
Full Disclaimer: I’m a newb with Git (only 3 weeks in) but I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the basics. Still lots to learn but I’m starting to get it.
@yeeyang – there’s no reaosn to avoid deployment with git. The point is, that normal commits shouldn’t *automatically* be pushed to the production environment.
For example, you might have a master branch, a production branch, and a development branch.
When you start working on something, you’d fork from the development branch, and then push back when you’re done.
Once you’ve completed testing and you’re sure everything works fine, push the development branch to the master, and from there to the production branch (i.e., the live site).
@chrisburton Git is very complex, but you don’t need to learn all of it for basic use. There are also a few GUI’s, github makes one, that simplifies it a bit more. I use git all the time and I only know enough to keep me working, but sometimes not out of trouble :P
@traq, no, I completely understand where you’re coming from… what I was getting at was more upon not having a develop and production environment and only a production environment for client work which automatically pulls from the master branch. (like the link posted above in my previous post)
I know and am sure that there are other workflows that you an choose from for git deployment.. just ignorant to them but we’ll learn!
@yeeyang – I understand, though I don’t agree that having “only a production environment” is ever a good idea.
I like the idea of using git for deployment. The distinction I’m making is that I would never work from the “hub” branch (the branch that is auto-deployed from). That’s effectively the same as working on the live site.
Work in a “dev” branch, test,test,test, and then push changes to the “hub” branch when you know everything is ready.
@mottie I like the idea that we can have “versioning” and different environments as stated above (development and production). But for a designer, it just seems completely made for developers, which isn’t a bad thing.
Are there any decent step by step tutorials (with a GUI)?
@chrisburton – might check out [this article](http://blog.sourceninja.com/using-git-designers-guide/).
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