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How can I set up a dev environment?

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nolanatnameless
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2013-01-31 2:57 am EST

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I want to have a copy of the site that I am able to test changes on before I push them to the public site. How would I do this?

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jamesr
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2013-01-31 10:06 am EST
Thank you for your question nolanatnameless!

You can copy your files and your database to a subdomain and make a duplicate of your site. I'm not sure what kind of site you have but the instructions for WordPress and Drupal at the following links.

<a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/drupal-7/duplicate-drupal-test-site">308: Making a duplicate Drupal test site</a>

<a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/wordpress/duplicate-wordpress-site-for-testing">Making a duplicate WordPress site for testing</a>

Moving other websites are the same steps as the WordPress and Drupal instructions. If you are developing on DreamWeaver or another local code editor, you can upload the site to a test subdomain to see how it works before uploading to your domain. The following is a tutorial on how to create a subdomain.

<a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/cpanel/how-do-i-create-a-subdomain-in-my-control-panel-cpanel">How do I create a subdomain in my control panel (cpanel)?</a>

Hope this helps!

Best Regards,
James R

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