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I am currently in the process of setting up my own little Web Development business. I have created a handful of WordPress sites and people who see them keep asking me to make them one.

My question is with the development process. I have always created the site on the domain where they are going to be hosted. I have read from other developers that this is not the way they do it though – they create them on a development server and then move them over to the client's URL. I was wondering how you develop client sites and if you have any resources that would be helpful.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by John Conde Jul 11 '13 at 20:28

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

When I develop web apps/sites I create them on my local machine (my computer, the development server), then when I'm ready for it to go to production, I'll copy them over. That's the really simple way to do it. WordPress allows you to download their source code - so you would download the source code to your computer, develop from there, then FTP to the client's site. – Mike Marks Jul 11 '13 at 20:30