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Is a test site necessary?

Thread began 6/28/2010 7:17 pm by russell328616 | Last modified 6/29/2010 4:20 pm by neilo | 1048 views | 4 replies |


Is a test site necessary?

Is setting up a test site necessary for a database?

I was told it wasn't and all of the connection tests are successful.

I've set the settings up in Dreamweaver and I can connect to my database, bindings are set etc., but when I set up a form, it captures data and emails it to recipient but doesn't send it to database.

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Dave BuchholzBeta Tester

IMHO a test site is essential to test all functionality before it goes live.

I work in two ways, I have a local server on my main development machine here in my office powered by MAMP Pro and I have the ability to set up sub domains on my website where I can have my clients test live e.g. before the site goes live

This way I can work out all the obvious kinks before the client sees it and then they can advise what changes / issues are apparent to them.

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CraigRBeta Tester

I totally endorse Dave's comments.

I use a similar set up.

I find having a local test server speeds up development time too.

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Jimmy Wu

I agree with Dave and Craig, I would recommend setting up a testing server, so that you can make tests without affecting the live site, especially once the site is being used regularly. You don't want to have much down time and testing directly on the live server may cause issues to show up that may break the site.

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And I'm not sure I entirely understood what was being asked.

To use DataAssist (the forum category under which this is posted) one would have to have a testing server installed (not as a preference, but as a requirement for using the extension). So my initial understanding was that the question was more to do with whether the database had to be one set up on the local machine (as a component of the testing server) or whether it could be one that is on the remote server and accessible directly from within Dreamweaver (with the correct login credentials for the remote connection).

In that case, then no, a 'test site' database is not strictly necessary, if you prefer to use one on your remote server, and you can configure your remote-server mySql to accept connections from outside that particular localhost. Your database on the remote server will have all the correct login details, ready to go.

The information that is missing is whether the database being, or to be, accessed from within Dreamweave is currently 'live' and already interacting with your live site. It may be that you simply want to ensure that it functions correctly in its final setting, with all initial data in place and proved when the 'going live' date arrives, or it may simply be that (again, if the site is not yet live) you might as well use that remote server database anyway rather than having to bother with going through the annoyance of duplicating effort with setting one up on your local machine.

In any event, - even if the database were live and interacting with your live site - you would export the entire database to backup anyway before making any significant changes, and such a backup would be more likely to re-import fault-free to its native database than from a similar (but not the original) database that was set up in your testing server.

I haven't used a testing-server database for a couple of years now. I don't see the point of it (unless I expect broadband connectivity problems). I connect to my remote-server(s) mySql and create and use a database for the purpose, or duplicate an existing one to play with (which, admittedly, is effectively a test database).

  " . . . but when I set up a form, it captures data and emails it to recipient but doesn't send it to database."  

Also I'm not sure if you are just mentionining what you have set the form to do, (i.e. just send data in emails) of you are reporting a problem with (not being able to) writing the form data to database?

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