I am thinking, how might I setup a development server locally then when done, upload and sync files + data to test/production server? I think options like siteurl and home in wp_options database table will need to be changed, also, in wp-config.php some settings like database connection and debug mode will be different too.

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It's quite difficult to keep data from a dev version in sync with data on the production site. But for an initial deployment, you are correct that it requires changes to wp-config.php and the database.

  • Install Wordpress on your dev machine, e.g. dev.example.com/blog/
  • Install Wordpress on your production machine, preferably with the same folder structure as the dev box, e.g. www.example.com/wordpress/
  • note: your wp-config.php settings will be different on production. That's fine, just maintain a safe copy of the file and do not overwrite.
  • Sync the /wp-content/ directory from dev to production (themes, plugins, etc)
  • Using PHPMyAdmin or similar, export the contents of your dev database to a text file
  • In the text file, replace any instances of the dev url with the production url (dev.example.com/wordpress/ => www.example.com/wordpress/). This will change the siteurl as well as any links to images in the posts
  • Using PHPMyAdmin or similar, import the contents of your dev database to the production database
  • Try accessing the Wordpress admin module in the production server - you should be good to go.

This technique works for me, but I'd love to hear of any cleaner migration techniques.

UPDATE: There are a number of techniques discussed in the following post, including a plugin that handles the db grunt work:
How to: Easily Move a WordPress Install from Development to Production?

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