Workflow

A good workflow revolving around git to manage your deployments is a key factor in a pain-free and efficient project.

Given a properly configured VPS solution (like Laravel Forge or similar), your typical deployment workflow would normally look like this:

As a solo developer

  1. Make your changes locally
  2. Git commit changes and push to main
  3. Changes are automatically deployed to your server

As a dev team

  1. Make your changes locally
  2. Git commit changes and push to a feature or bug branch (e.g. feature/new-contact-form)
  3. Open a Pull Request to your main branch
  4. Have a team member review the Pull Request and either request changes or approve
  5. Merge branch to main
  6. Changes are automatically deployed to your server

Content Editing in Production

If you or your clients manage your content in production (like one would using WordPress), there are two main approaches you can take.

Version Controlling Content

If you want to version control your content (which we usually encourage folks to do), we recommend enabling Git Automation to automatically commit and deploy changes to content.

With that enabled, your developer workflow might look like this:

  1. Make your changes locally
  2. Git commit changes.
  3. git pull --rebase changes from production
  4. Push changes
  5. Changes automatically deployed to server

Ignoring Content

Sometimes it makes sense to keep the content outside of git. Perhaps you have a lot of writers and content changes happen fast and furiously. Or maybe you have a ton of content and want to keep your git repo small.

Whatever the reason, you can ignore the content directory in your .gitignore file, and just use git to manage everything else just like usual.

Additional Reading

  • Gitflow Workflow – When working with a team (and even when by yourself) it's a good practices to follow a standardized workflow for working with git. We recommend Gitflow.

  • Zero Downtime Deployment Tips - If you plan on using a zero downtime deployment tool like Envoyer, Deployer, etc. be sure to read our tips & tricks guide.

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