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Do you have a separate development install for each of your sites?

Joe Link

Well-known member
#1
I'm a big fan of standardization, both from a member and admin standpoint. I have a few sites that, to the best of my current ability, are configured exactly the same way. They use the same XenForo style, run the same add-ons, have the same ad locations, etc.

We're going to being development on a couple new features, as well as a refreshed style soon. My question is, does it make sense to create a separate development version of each of these sites, or will one work, if they're configured the same? I plan on continuing the standardized approach, and I'm guessing that keeping track of the changes and configurations across four dev sites is going to take a ton of time.

I'd like to know which pros or cons I might not be considering.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#2
If each site has different XenForo versions and add-ons installed, then a separate one for each would enable you to do test upgrades of XenForo and the add-ons.
If they are the same in terms of XenForo version and add-ons installed then only one is required.
 

Joe Link

Well-known member
#3
Thanks for the reply. They're all exactly the same, or at least that's my goal.

As soon as I get a bit of free time I'll be hiring @AndyB to teach me how to write basic add-ons to replace template edits. Doing this makes a lot more sense to me, for someone who owns multiple forums, as you can simply go down the add-on list and see that everything is standardized.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#4
Creating a template modification as an add-on is very simple.

It isn't necessary to hire nor pay anyone.
 

thedude

Well-known member
#7
We do all template edits as template mods so it's simple keep it consistent across our sites. We put all the random template mods under a single add-on, and then it's easy to enable or disable them individually via the template modification page with just a mouse click. Just give each mod a good description so you can see what it is at a glance in the list.
 

Joe Link

Well-known member
#8
We do all template edits as template mods so it's simple keep it consistent across our sites. We put all the random template mods under a single add-on, and then it's easy to enable or disable them individually via the template modification page with just a mouse click. Just give each mod a good description so you can see what it is at a glance in the list.
That's a great idea, thanks for the reply.