This is an article that is based off of a talk I did covering various deployment mechanisms. The slides can be found at Slideshare.
Options for deploying PHP applications
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The next deployment option that we’re going to look at is source control. You’re using source control, yes? There are arguments as to which is the best. Git seems to be winning that war in the open source world, but what it comes down to is that the source control you use is less important than whether or not you’re using source control.