The mode of deployment determines whether you update the site directly or indirectly. Two deployment mode options are available:

  • Online Deployment deploys updated assets directly to the live site. Online deployment is appropriate only for development and testing.

  • Switch Deployment deploys updated assets to an off-line file directory or database, then swaps these with assets on the live site as a single transaction. Production sites should always use switch deployment.

For demonstration and evaluation purposes, both the Publishing agent and the Publishing Web agent are configured by default to manage online deployments.