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I didn't find any information on this on the wiki so i figured I'd add this to the Joomla! Docs. This tutorial will explain how to set up a testing server for use with Joomla! and the Eclipse IDE.
This tutorial will use the following software to give you a complete testing server environment.
Do you have a website that's live and you need to constantly upgrade your website, however since your website is live, you dont want to edit the actual website, resulting in the site crashing from time to time or not working. Getting a testing server allows you to do all your testing without affecting the live server. Then you upload your completed update to the Live Server once completed.
Nine times out of ten, your server is on a Linux based system, but you are not. Sometimes testing between Windows or Mac based systems and then switching over to a Linux based system can cause issues. I.e. carriage returns, etc. So your testing server should be on a Linux based system ( or whatever the actual server is ).
--Jasondavis87 08:16, 7 August 2012 (CDT)