After talking to several Drupal followers during our last meetup, I realised quite a few people still don't employ version control.
I strongly consider this best practice when building a site, and thought it would be a good opportunity to go over its importance and how you can make it work for you.
Git offers several advantages:
• It's super fast
• It's easy.
• And no you don't need to be familiar with Command Line code (there are several great GUI's out there).
GIT Version Control works by keeping track of all successive changes you make to a site.
The biggest advantage of this is easily undoing any mistakes you might make along the way.
It's a great feeling to know Version Control has your back that you can roll back if something goes catastrophically wrong.
It's also a big bonus in collaborative development.
As soon as more than one person works on a project things get a lot more complicated.
What happens when 2 edits effect the same file? How do you know what's new, what's old and what's changed?
No worries, simply merge the variations and let GIT deal with the rest.
GIT is not just for the developers of this world but can be a life saver for themers, site maintainers and the like.
Most people will admit they should use it, but either don't know how or believe it's hard to integrate.
The reality is that it's actually pretty simple and once you start integrating GIT into your workflow you'll ask yourself "Why the hell did I keep using ftp" - I know I did.
FTP is so yesterday, its slow, it's cumbersome to use and it's a very manual method.
Switch to GIT, start using GIT, and never look back.