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How To Maintain A Development Mirror-Installation (6 posts)

  1. johnywhy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My ideal scenario is to have a "live" WordPress install, visible to the world, and an identical, invisible "development" install, where I can test out plugins, upgrades, script, etc. Then, when my development blog is ready, then "migrate" it to the "live" blog-- preferably with a single click.

    One reason for this is that I experienced a WordPress meltdown, when I tried to upgrade WordPress, and the upgrade didn't work. It just corrupted my blog, knocked it offline, and I had to reinstall the live blog from scratch.

    I have not yet found a one-click "migration" plugin, which is a total drag. And surprising, because I would think migration must be a very common task.

    So I'm researching and comparing migration methods. I'm going to list my findings here, and will try to find the best approach. Hopefully, expert bloggers will help me out. And hopefully, someone will encapsulate the steps into a one-click plugin!!

    In my scenario, my development blog and live blog are on the same domain, same server, but different directories and databases. Most methods I've found assume you're migrating to a new domain, which is not the case here. The method should accommodate both scenarios.

    The method should be compatible with WP 2.7. It's nice if it's backwards compatible, but it has to be 2.7-ready.

    So far, I've found the following plugins and instructions:

    Plugins:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/

    Instructions:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/198240
    http://tutorials.hostmonster.com/movewordpress/
    http://maketecheasier.com/clone-and-migrate-wordpress-blog-to-new-server/2008/01/30
    http://archgfx.net/blog/2008/geek/blogging/migrating-a-wordpress-install-to-a-new-domain
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/10/01/how-to-move-wordpress-blog-to-new-domain-or-location/
    http://michael.biven.org/2008/01/31/migrating-wordpress-to-a-different-domain-or-server/
    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/move/

  2. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This post was trapped in Akismet spam.

  3. johnywhy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Is this post now approved?

  4. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    If you can see it, it is not in the spam queue.

  5. johnywhy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks, i actually could see it after i posted it, and it would not take tags, when you said it had been trapped. Feel free to delete all these extra posts, after my initial post, so as not to clutter the thread. many thanks!

  6. trumpetmic
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    johnywhy: I have the exact same need. I'm surprised we don't have this process nailed down!

    Even a few minutes of downtime could mean disaster for some of the sites I work on, so I guess you can call me paranoid.

    Have you found a system that works for you?

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