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I have a website developed by a consultant on his laptop. The website was deployed to GoDaddy for hosting. Since the launch, the consultant has left and did not copy the development environment to a local pc.
Is there a method to download the DNN website and modify the pages locally? We are finding that the directory structures refer to drives on the consultant's laptop and not local drives.
Don't forget that this is only usefull for testing purposes (or if you want to move the website). Don't use it if you want to alter a page and then "publish" it to your live website.
In general your moving the complete website from production to test (or vice versa).
If you want to create pages which shouldn't be live, just set the page permissions to admin only so they won't show up for regular visitors.
You definitely can take a backup of a production site and restore it on a local machine to develop or test against. This is quite common and done in most deployment scenarios.
You would follow the same process as if you were restoring the site in the same location, only you would possibly need to:
There are other possible changes to be made, but this is pretty much it. Just reverse the process you would follow if you were deploying a development site into production.
ErikVB has blogged about moving a DNN installation, along with providing some other related resources that should be of great help to you.
On a final note, please find another web host. ;)
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