I currently have Magento 2.1 running on a dedicated server. I have never change the "mode" since installation so I believe I'm still in default mode right now. So far i have installed a theme successfully and have added just over 650 products and am still going strong :-). I have multiple suppliers for the products I sell, so what I would like to do is add all products from my main supplier and go "live" by disabling maintenance mode and changing my Magento installation to "production mode". Not sure if this is the correct approach?
After switching to production mode and going live I'll still have a lot of products to add from my other suppliers. So my questions are:
Is it fine to continue adding new products whilst in production mode or should all products be added now in default/developer mode?
What exactly do people mean when they say that your still "developing your store" do they mean installing a theme, adjusting file system permissions, customizing front end with CSS and adding products/categories? or do they mean coding actual php modules? (which is what I assume "developer mode" is for)