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Transmit Droplets

Ethan Marcotte documented his workflow for storing GIFs in a web directory. Sometimes just SFTPing files into a folder is as fancy a workflow as you need, and in fact, modern workflows don't have anything on it!

I've also used Transmit's fancy features for this kind of thing. I prefer saving the connection as a Droplet, which is basically a little application you can drop a file onto and have it upload to exactly where you want it...say a GIF in a specific server directory.

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GitFTP-Deploy

Let's set the scene. Say you are a web freelancer and are almost finished with a client's new website. Over the years, you have learned the hard way not to edit the files directly over FTP. It's too easy to make breaking changes with no record of what changed and who did what. Nowadays you are using Git to manage the version of the files. Let's cover that, and also the last mile: deploying only the files known to be changed to the server.

#109: Getting off FTP and onto Git Deployment with Beanstalk

In this screencast I move my own personal website from my old live FTP editing ways to a proper version controlled system including deployment. I haven't had much experience with this, so forgive me if it's a bit rough.

We start by moving the live website local, including bringing all the files down and copying the database. Then we set up a Git repository in Beanstalk and push it all up to that. Then we give Beanstalk our FTP credentials and set up how we want deployment done. Then we make some local changes to our site, and commit/push them to Beanstalk, which does the deployment for us. By then end, it's all working perfectly.

If you've got questions/comments/suggestions on this workflow, I'd love to hear!

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Followup:

Mark Jaquith on Working with WordPress Locally (specifically, dealing with plugins and config).

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