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  1. Thanks for this helpful post.

    re: Tip #1, I set up local folders for each site I manage. I download via ftp the file I’m about to work on, work on a copy of it then upload that. This way I have an original if client doesn’t like what I’ve done. I like your way for short term testing. I’ll be doing this also.

    • Great point and thanks for bringing it up! I’d meant to mention backups and totally forgot to…Everything I work on also has an archive (either via ManageWP, BackupBuddy, or – at a minimum – a copy of the database and theme folder) as a safe stash. Never hurts to have. 🙂

  2. I’ve always told people test is test and production is production. There is a reason why you need to have both. Plus, I don’t want to mess with a visitors experience if I’m making changes “Live”.

    I need to setup a local install of WP though instead of using the host and a test site. Better security and I can see my changes quicker. Plus how much I’d save on resources/bandwidth etc.!

    I especially love the Google search tips! Google has been a pita when it comes to searching for answers to WP issues lately.

  3. Great post Carrie! I love your point about narrowing down the root cause of the problem in the first place. And may I add that the support in the StudioPress Community forum is above par!
    I love Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership( the book and the podcast) and so happy you mentioned it here. Reading that book( and Jon Acuff’s Quitter) gave me the courage to branch out on my own and leave the corporate workplace behind. I have tried WordPress Stack Exchange in the past and it seemed a bit confusing to me to be honest, but that was a while back when I didnt know what I was doing so I will have to check it out again. Thank you for what you do.

    • Hey Chrissy,
      I’ve heard great things about Quitter and plan to read that soon, too. You’re right about Stack Exchange – you have to wade through a lot of bad answers to get to a good one, so just keep your eyes peeled for the green checkmark (signifying “best answer”) and ignore the rest. 🙂


  4. Thanks again Carrie for a great read. You are definitely my go-to girl for Genesis tips and advice.

    I’m really loving the way you break it all down for us.

    Keep it coming! 🙂

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