Migrate From Wordpress to Local and Back For Testing

Sean Scissors
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I was curious what exact steps I have to take in order to migrate my current hosted wordpress site to a local testing site but with everything in tact. That is, the posts, pages, sidebar, plugins, themes, the works. Then I can use the local site for testing/development. Once that is done how does one then transfer the site from local back to the live site with everything in tact?

Thanks!

FYI I understand and know how to use XAMP in order to create a new wordpress local install. Just not sure how to migrate from the live site to local with everything included.
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I have an entire article devoted to this.  Please read and respond with any questions:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Blogs/WordPress/A_10258-How-To-Move-A-WordPress-Site.html
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Wow...quick and great answer. Thank you!

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