Hi: I’m curious about the ways people out there have dealt with the “sandbox” issue. I’ll be delving into setting up Drupal for myself and another person, and I want the ability to be developing on a sandbox while the live site is unaffected. Also, when the time comes to reveal the new features, is there an easy way to do this?
Here’s some other things I’m wondering:
Do people usually use subdomains for this purpose? If so, does the subdomain have its own DB that is a copy of the live one? How would the switch take place when you wanted to release the next version? Is it a control panel DNS bit where you can just switch the pointers?
I have alternate registered domains that I could play with, and use as a sandbox, but again the issue is that I wonder if I need to copy everything over (and if so, how is that done), or can I just do a switch?
thanks a lot for any comments about how you handle this.