Developing a WordPress site locally, on more than one computer

Let’s say you want to develop a WordPress site on your computer ( i.e., locally), but want to be able to work on that same site from a different computer. For instance, you are working on a site at work, but you have another computer at home, and want to easily work on the site from there.

To work on a site from two (or more) computers, you could constantly copy files back and forth, but the site content and configuration will not be the same. But you also don’t want to work straight off a hosted server, as the lag of FTP’ing changes would be slow you down.

Using the method I’m about to describe, you will be able to:

  • Make changes to your theme files
  • Add plugins
  • Create/modify content
  • Change site settings

And it will also seamlessly transfer from one computer to another.

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The future will look like Responsive Design

At the MobileUX Bar Camp in Washington DC, there was a lot of discussion around responsive design as an approach to mobile websites. There was a lot of discussion around whether it was a viable approach – as opposed to device-specific designs that are achieved with agent detection. Someone in the discussion even said that they feel like responsive design feels like a “temporary solution”.

Ultimately, I believe that the future of mobile design will look a lot like what we currently call “Responsive Design”. Though, we may not be using the particular nuts and bolts that we use today. For example, something could replace media queries. But I do think the general thinking that goes into a responsive design will be the way to go.

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Thoughts on Adobe Max Announcements

Adobe is having it’s Adobe Max conference this week, and is packing it full of announcements. Some of the new products look very intriguing – I’ll be anxious to get my hands on them.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • They have acquired Typekit, one of the pioneers of web fonts as hosted service. On paper this makes a lot of sense, and it’s good to see a company like Adobe embracing the future in this way. However, I’m not too thrilled about this.

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