re: Looking For a Simpler Way To Develop WordPress Themes Locally. VIEW POST


Hi Jack,
I've been developing WordPress websites for a long time and I have to admit that I've tried a bunch of solutions to work locally and push my changes online as simple as possible.

At the beginning I was usign MAMP and a nice PHP script to do the search/replace once the database was uploaded into the online server.

Then I started to use Vagrant and Git, but the database part was always left apart with the script I linked before.

Later on I found WordMove, a great ruby gem that will let me pull/push all my changes (files and database) via an SSH connection. This was like the holy grail of WordPress development since I can download the online database into my local environment with a simple shell command: wordmove pull -d.

Nowadays I am usign a bash script create from a collague of mine that will create a Docker container with WordMove installed on it.

This scripts helps me a lot because I can create a separate container where I can also experiment with the server configuration and be safe because, instead of a Vagrant solution, if I compromise the web server I am working on all the others will simply run.

The only downside I see in usign this solution with Docker instead of a Vagrant machine is that I can only run a WordPress installation at time because all of them are pointing to, but if you edit the docker-compose.yml and configure the Apache Virtual Hosts I think you can solve this little problem.

At the end of the day this is a no brainer for me because shut down a container is simple as:

  1. docker-compose stop
  2. cd /path/wordpress/
  3. docker-compose up -d

(I use the -d option because it gives me back the terminal instead to show all the operations in a verbose manner)

Hope this can help, I'll link below a coupple of article we've written on WordMove and Docker. They are in italian but I hope Google Translate can help you out ;)

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