1. Disable Cache
System > Cache Management > Select All [check-boxes] > Actions = Disable > Submit

2. Re-Index All
System > Index Management > Select All [check-boxes] > Actions = Reindex Data > Submit

3. Disable Compilation
System > Tools > Compilation > Disable

Note: By default compilation mode is disabled. So just check if the Compiler Status is Enabled or not.

4. Turn on Error Reporting
a> Open index.php and un-comment the following line

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#ini_set('display_errors', 1);

b> Open .htaccess and add the following line at the end

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SetEnv MAGE_IS_DEVELOPER_MODE "true"

5. Turn on Logging
System > Configuration > Advanced > Developer > Log Settings > Enabled => Yes

6. Configuring Mangeto Error Page
rename errors/local.xml.sample to errors/local.xml

7. Install ‘Easy Template Path Hints’
Install Easy Template Path Hints for turning on/off the template path hints for frontend and backend easily & securely.

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