3.1.2. Local deploymentΒΆ

One of the most frequently asked questions when working with Sitecore is whether to develop locally inside the web root or outside. Although the general recommendation is to work outside the web root, a general qualification is needed.

There are two major aspects which should lead to choosing one or the other:

Firstly, it is very important to be able to separate the implementation specific files and changes from the standard frameworks and files. The importance of this separation cannot be overstated, as it will help in many aspects in the long run, such as general development, troubleshooting, upgrades and more. This separation is easier if the implementation specific files are physically separated from the files in the standard frameworks etc. On the other hand, tools and processes might cater for this separation, even when working inside the web root.

Generally, if tasks that are repeated frequently becomes taxing, they will be circumvented – and this will lead to inconsistencies in the processes and ultimately inconsistencies in quality. Therefore, secondly, the ease of development is important. Working outside the web root will lead to an additional step in the development process – deploying the change to the running environment – and given the frequency of this task it is imperative that this is easy. Tools and automated scripts can help this to become almost transparent for the developer.

Habitat Example

The build system in Habitat includes a number of tasks that will watch files of a given type and deploy these automatically to the local instance. This includes changes to assemblies after a build, changes to .cshtml view files and changes to .css files. Habitat also includes tasks for deploying all files of a given type.

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Figure: All gulp tasks as available through the Visual Studio Task Runner