Quick survey time —
When developing Web apps, do you think the file paths to the root folder on your dev server should be the same as your production server?
So, if your Web root in production is at “/var/www/mysite/htdocs”, should that be duplicated in development? Or should it be purposely different?
Argument to make them the same: having your development environment mirror production leads to less potential problems when deploying.
Argument to make them different: having purposely different paths requires that your code is portable and not rely on hard-coded paths.