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Testing Master Page and Template Changes

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  1. Troy
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    Since changes to master pages and templates appear to propagate to the live site immediately (no workflow), what is the recommended procedure to test those changes before they go live?

    Thank you,
    Troy Schmidt
  2. Georgi
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    Hi Troy,

    You can for example create a special section of your web site, which protected.
    1. Create a http://yoursite.com/tests page group
    2. Every page under this section should be denied for anonymous visitors
    3. Create a new page with the templates you have uploaded. If everything is fine, move forward and apply the new masterpages to your pages.

    Don't hesitate to contact us if you have other questions.

    All the best,
    Georgi
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  3. Troy
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    Thanks Georgi. So in this scenario, I assume that we would need to modify all pages that use the old template to utilize the new template name. Is this correct?

    Troy
  4. Georgi
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    Hello Troy,

    Unfortunately yes, you should edit the pages you have. At least you will be saved from unexpected results with the templates.
    We will optimize this process in future.

    Greetings,
    Georgi
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  5. Troy
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    As an alternative, would it be feasible to publish to a staging/test site, and then copy (possibly manually) from staging to production after testing is complete? If this approach was used, would the entire Sitefinity database need to be copied to production on every maintenance release?

    What are the other pitfalls with this approach?

    Troy

  6. Georgi
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    Hi Troy,

    Yes, if you go with this approach, you should move the whole database. In our next major release, we will have a Synchronization service which will allow you to deploy automatically only the content items you want - pages, templates or news articles for example.

    I cannot think of any other pitfalls with this approach at the moment.

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    Georgi
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