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    Question for designers, about your workflow as you create your sites. Do you:

      – Upload to a test directory on your server, like "public_html/mysite-test" and point the domain (and hope it’s not prematurely seen or crawled)
      – As above, but password-protect to keep search bots out
      – Use MAMP or local test server
      – Then, upload the finished site to a "final" folder, re-point the domain, direct Google to your sitemap.xml, and "go live"?[/list:u]

      I tend to upload to the site’s

    actual, final directory, so I can check image links etc. If I’m worried it’ll get crawled before all the content/pagenames/descriptions/seo are in place, I just password-protect the directory. Then when I’m ready, I un-protect the directory, point Google, and let it go.

    What are your workflows in this regard? Very interested to hear.


    Rob MacKay

    I personally do everything locally – then upload once its finished :)

    I use XAMPP a lot.

    Chris Coyier

    I like to rock subdomains, like,


    if anyone can rock a subdomain, Chris, it’s you.

    How does that affect Google etc pre-crawling the site if you’re not ready? Or does that not really matter?


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