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We are beginning to start a new SharePoint 2010 and 2013 development projects, soon developing new features, lists, workflows, customizations to the SharePoint site, customization to list forms and would like to put good practice (that will help in deployment) in place before going ahead with development.

What is the best way to go about deploying my site from Development to Production?

I am using Visual Studio 2012 and also have Designer 2013...

I have already read that this can be done through powershell, also through visual studio and also via designer. But at this point I am confused as to which are best practices specifically for lists, configurations; workflows; site customizations; Visual studio development features; customization to list forms etc. You can also provide me reference to links/ebook covering this topic.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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