Ant/PHP scripts to sync dev and live environments
What does it do?
This project contains a collection of Ant and PHP scripts designed to simplify switching between dev and live WordPress websites. With these scripts, a developer can use a single command to download or upload a WordPress site, along with its database. This way, the site can be worked on without risk to the live site content.
- THIS SCRIPT DELETES! [Source control your files and data and/or make backups first!]
- It is also a few years old and there may be better ways to achieve this now.
- Allows a developer to work offline using a full copy of a WordPress website including the PHP source and database.
- Allows a developer to upload the new source code only or source code and data. A backup is also created during upload.
- Working on a live site directly is rarely advisable.
- Recent, real CMS content helps with offline development.
- Switching between live and dev environments increases the risk of deletion or corruption of live content.
- Shared-hosting packages, as used by many WordPress sites, provide limited tool sets for updating source code and data. FTP is often the only option – automating this process saves time and cuts down on errors.
- The content on the developer machine becomes outdated. It is very useful to be able to download the latest version of everything quickly and reliably. Especially, if ad-hoc coding changes have been performed directly on the server by ‘someone else’.
- Being able to cleanly sync code allows for easier source-control and identification of bug causes.
- Ant is installed on the developer machine with the optional FTP jars.
- A local and remote MySQL database.
Simply download these scripts to the root directory of your WordPress application.
Starting with a ‘live’ project.
Configure variables in
Download the live site:
- Work on the website locally.
Upload the changes.
Starting with a ‘local’ project.
failed to create task or type ftp Cause: the class org.apache.tools.ant.taskdefs.optional.net.FTP was not found.
FTP has not been configured for Ant. Please see the Ant documentation for details of the optional resources needed by FTP.