What are best practices for coding and testing a website prior to launch.
August 3, 2010 7:25 AM Subscribe
I've made websites for myself - Now I'm going to be making them for others, and need to know the best way to code and test their sites prior to launching them on my client's domains.
posted by bonsai forest to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
When I've made sites for myself, I just do the coding in a simple text editor, or sometimes right in the code editor that comes with C-Panel, and I've just put the site up page by page on my domain as I finish, and make all my changes and corrections on the live site.
Now I am doing a complete site redesign for a client. The design phase is done, and it's time to start coding. They have an existing site on their domain, and want to leave the site up till the new one is ready and then do the switch.
I need to know the best procedure for doing the site coding and testing away from it's ultimate domain, and for how to accomplish the switch over when the coding is complete.
In my ignorance, my plan would be to code the site live using one of my domains (mydomain.com/clientsite). And then when it's all done, bring it on to their domain, but I don't know a good way to change all the links etc.
I am on a Mac, and would be amenable to buying a program to help me do the coding and eventual site launch if it is ~ $100.00. I don't want to use a program like Dreamweaver, but if something like Coda will greatly assist me in my goals, I would get that.
The site I am doing is a simple and mostly static portfolio site - no databases, nothing like wordpress to deal with.
I appreciate any advice you can offer.