My company has one production environment and just one sandbox. Please see the below screenshot:
Currently we are doing all the development in the only sandbox available and we requested for another developer sandbox and we were told that it would cost 12000$ a year.
So we are thinking of going for free developer edition and configure that to replicate our prod org.
Could somebody suggest if this is a good idea and what approach should I follow to configure my free developer edition to mirror the production org.
How do I get the different apps(like Docusign) installed in my prod to the developer free edition? Can I create a outbound change set from my prod to the free developer edition and send all the apps, customizations we have in prod environment?
For the data, I think i can export from prod and then import into developer edition. Is there better alternative for this?