I have a working copy on my dev site and the live site. live will be trunk, dev will be the branch I am working on or trunk depending on what I want to test on that environment.
It might sound a little nuts, but having SVN working copy on your server means you can easily deploy the new version of the site. Commit your local changes to the repo, then just SSH in and update!
This step-by-step guide will assume SVN binaries are already installed and you have SSH access.
$ ssh [email protected]
2.) Get to your
public_web root. This will probably be something like
/home/user/public_html/ but could vary.
$ cd /home/user/public_html
3.) Then simply check the repo out.
$ svn co http://svn.whatever.com/repo/trunk .
Do not forget the full stop as that says to use the current directory and not create a new sub-directory.
4.) Do work.
5.) Update your site:
$ svn update
And there you have it. Each update you make will be deployed to your site when you run the svn update, minimum fuss.