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Posted on by Bryan Yarbrough.

SVN on Acquia would be fantastic if you could manage ALL files. Remember, you can only access code files (such as core, themes, modules, etc.). If you want to do anything with uploaded files, you will need a secondary method to access those (such as 'good ole' SFTP of yore).

In addition, editing files through this method (such as a minor theme edit) is cumbersome and time consuming. For example, to make a minor theme header change, you will need to commit your change in SVN, wait...and wait...and wait some more for staging to take/display the commit...and then, finally, you could commit it again to production (and wait some more) for it to be live for the public. Big hassle for minor stuff.

On the good side, version control ensures that everything is synced and you can always go back to a previous (working) code version at a moment's notice. This is great is you have multiple developer hands dipping into the code.

Keep in mind that you will need a secondary method for development - unless you want to try to use stage or dev for development testing (which is extremely time consuming). So be prepared to have a local lamp setup.

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