You have a live website and you need to copy a fresh version of the (live) database onto your local machine for development. Next, you need to run through one or more of these rote tasks:
- Disable Drupal core caches (page cache, block cache, CSS & JS optimization, etc.)
- Sanitize user data
- Update Drupal's file system paths (public, private, tmp directories)
- Enable email rerouting
- Update logging and error level settings
- Re-configure a contrib module. E.g., Secure Site (enable, set permissions, guest accounts).
Does this sound familiar? If so, I have good news! I've created a module that will help you automate that process.