What is the best set-up for final testing prior to deployment?
My PC-based development system comprises mySQL, Apache, PHP and Microsoft Expression Web. It is perfectly fine for most purposes.
But sometimes I need a testing environment which is more realistic - something which is actually on the www but not publicly visible.
I was thinking of creating a subdomain such as sandbox.mylivedomain.co.uk, and using htaccess to restrict access to the sandbox to my personal static IP address.
Is this the best way of configuring a test environment? Will htaccess prevent search engines from crawling my sandbox? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Your suggestion is good. I have a RH Linux virtual machine that is configured the same way as my production server - apache config, app versions, etc - that I use. If it works on my VM it should work the same on production. The VM is a little more work but I like being able to access it on the chance I don't have internet access.
I guess it really come down to preference.
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