Building website deployment packages

Websites can be packaged into ZIP files and deployed to remote servers using MSDeploy; these packages can be used by system administrators or developers to deploy websites to the appropriate environment for testing or a live roll-out.

Manually publishing websites to the filesystem

We can manually build packages in Visual Studio, which, as I've said, is probably not a good idea for deployment packages (even if you're a lone developer with a limited budget, you can use the Visual Studio Online TFS build server, which gives you 60 minutes per month build time for free); however, it can actually be really useful to check that all the website content such as HTML pages, stylesheets, and scripts have been included, ...

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