how to work with Code Repositories, but for web development?
I would like some suggestion on this matter please. I have never bothered using any code repositories / version control systems for our web development project, many cause I didn't know any better, and probably cause most of our projects don't really require that we need to keep a history of what has changed. i.e. a client wants to change something on their website, and we change it, whether it's cosmetics or code (normally PHP & MySQL).
But, I want to see if CVS, or maybe even a forge script (like in offerforge) could benefit met. Most of the time when we make changes to the code, we simply update the version, from say 1.2.2 to 1.2.3 and write the changes to a basic changelog, which in our case is a simple text file calles changelog.txt
But, how could I benefit from a CVS, ir similar system? And what would be best for this environment? I installed CVS on my CentOS server, but it seems that it's not just a matter of creating a tree and dumping code.* I'm not too worried about multiple users at this stage. All our coding is currently stored on a CentOS 5.4 Samba server, so we can access to the code from either a Windows or Linux PC. Do I need anything more?
I started using eclipse+PHP a few months ago and I don't really use it to its full potential, so I'm sure I could benefit from it more.
So, the question is, what is a good recommended setup to go with? Web based access to all the files would be nice, then we could access it from outside the LAN on HTTPS.
And how do I use it to my benefit? For example, clientA wants to make changes to Project1. Now I have a Project1 in the CVS tree (is this the right terminology?), and make changes to file contacts.php - what now? Do I need to create a subfolder called 1.2.2 (for example), and add only the updated file in this folder, or do I copy the whole Project into the new folder?
2 weeks down the line I need to make changes to 8 files, what do I do now?
Does this make sense? I realize it could be beneficial to keep older files, but how does one structure it?