We want to be working locally while working on this project. Just a few reasons:

  • It's fast.
  • We can work offline from anywhere.
  • We're working on a complete redesign that will take many days, we can't leave a live site half-cocked.
  • There is no risk working locally.
  • We can use version control, giving us a record of what changed when and making future team work easier.
  • We can use preprocessors.

To work locally, we use MAMP to create a local domain name with a local folder as the root. We use Sequel Pro to create (and manage) a local MySQL database. We download and install a fresh copy of WordPress and install it. We export all the posts/pages/comments/attachments and stuff from Jeff's live site and import it locally.


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    Brad Wrage
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    Hi Chris,
    Love the stuff. Is this your typical workflow with wordpress? Making sure you have a local install first? I ask because I’ve seen in some of your other videos you wen super simple with just html, scss, jquery using codekit.


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    Great video, just jumped into this new series, only problem so far is the mic on this particular one is quite low, previous videos were fine.

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    Anthony DeCrescenzo
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    Has no one…NO ONE?…in over a year pointed out that “Environment” is spelled incorrectly in the title?

    Well then, I’m honored. And it is. FYI.


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