I have been developing Notes databases for my company for a few years, but I am a 'business developer', not strictly IT. My company typically installs each production Notes database on two servers and replicates all databases nightly.
I have always made design changes either:
1. during the day on a local replica and replicated the changes to the server when they were finished; or,
2. made design changes directly to the production copy in the evening when nobody is working; or,
3. used a 'test copy' of the database on the server for changes, still a .nsf file, and copied the design elements over to the production copy when they were finished and working
My questions about templates are:
1.What is the practical difference between doing things this way, or using templates to make changes?
2. If I create the database with a .ntf extension and submit a request for it to be put on the server, do database administrators put a .nsf copy of it out on the directory for users? how exactly do I submit changes?