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I regularly use the theme editor or FTP live files onto my local server (and load them into Visual Studio), but this can be time consuming when I need to debug many files.

Is there a more efficient way to update a WordPress system other than these methods? Can a CVS be integrated easily to upload changed files?

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Why don't you debug your website in local with a web server like Apache? – Zistoloen Dec 21 '13 at 17:37
to add: I typically install and work from a "live" server that is locked down. So perhaps my workflow process is causing my headache... – Roleat Dec 21 '13 at 17:37
Also, this comes into play more with setups that are already online and I need to do maintenance. Such as a the current site I am dealing with and there is only a live version from which I have to now FTP files over in order to fix bugs. – Roleat Dec 21 '13 at 17:49
You can download the site on your computer and debug it easily. Then, you upload files when a bug is fixed or new features is available. – Zistoloen Dec 21 '13 at 18:04
This is my current process. It is time consuming as it stands. I'm not sure there is another way around this so my question still remains unanswered. – Roleat Dec 21 '13 at 18:14
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If you have FTP access, you might be able to use something like git-ftp to push the changes up to live after you have tested/debugged them locally: https://github.com/git-ftp/git-ftp.

Use WP Migrate DB to get a copy of the live database: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-migrate-db/.

Setup a local copy with XAMPP or MAMPP, whatever, make your changes, then commit the changes to git and push them live with git-ftp.

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