I have had my website since 1999 and it is quiet successful in its field.
There is something I have always struggled with: the storage or files and the problem of
redundancy. My website is hosted on a shared hosting. With that come the following
-when I make changs to the website or update it, sometimes I make the changes in my computer
then FTP them to the server.
-Other times, I just update it on the server using Front Page, but that creates a problem,
because the new update is only avaialble on the server but not on my computer. In other
words, the files on the server and the file on my computer are not synched!
I mean I can go to use my FTP to download the new updates to my computer, but that takes a
long time, and a lot of manual work, because you have to know which files have changed etc.
Based on the above, here are some questions, I would really appreciate an answer, because I
know I am not doing things the right way.
1-(provided that your website is hosted somewhere): do you work on your website on your
computer first, then FTP them, or do you just work on them on the server?
2-If you work on them on the server, how do you make sure you have a second synced and
updated copy on your computer?
3-Speaking of having copies, I sometimes just download whatever is on my server on my computer, using FTP, but it never works, as it always times out. This is really frustrating. And I can't sit there to make sure it doesn't time out, because my website is some 1.5 gb in size. I just want to let the FTP run and do its job, without me having to restart it evetrytime.
Any tips on how to do this would be greatly appreciated, because I know I am not doing things right or the efficient way.