It took quite a while to get all of the plugins installed and configured, as well as permissions settings, theme customizations, language edits, etc. Is it really most efficient to start with a clean import on a stock XF installation in a new directory and reinstall all of the plugins and reconfigure everything? Seems to me I could save time by leaving all the files in place in the file system where I've installed the test XF site (but delete the attachments and avatars) and just use a clean db. Would that be okay, even though Jake recommends starting with a clean file system and reinstall everything? I know I can export the Style and the Language and reimport after a fresh install. Wish I could export the permissions too.
I'm not looking forward to this final migration after all the time I've spent getting things ready. This is going to be a ton of work. I'm just trying to make it as efficient as I can. If I can cut out some FTP transfer time, that would be awesome.