Easy Local Site

Description

When working on a local site and a production site at the same time, things can easily get confusing and you forget which site you’re looking at. This plugin adds a hard-to-miss, bright orange reminder to the toolbar and prepends [LOCAL] to the title tag on your local site.

If you’ve imported a database from a production site, you may also want to avoid sending emails out to real users. This plugin overrides the ‘to’ address of all outgoing emails, sending them instead to an address specified by you. This enables you to test contact forms, notifications or any other outgoing email communications. All emails will have the original recipient’s email address prepended to the subject line so you can see at a glance who they were originally intended for.

The WP_LOCAL_DEV constant method

You must use the WP_LOCAL_DEV constant method as outlined by Mark Jaquith: markjaquith.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/wordpress-local-dev-tips

If the WP_LOCAL_DEV constant is not defined this plugin will do nothing. This means you can safely put it in your mu-plugins folder and include it in your Git repository on a production site.

Installation

To install directly from your WordPress dashboard:

  1. Go to the Plugins menu and click Add New.
  2. Search for Easy Local Site.
  3. Click Install Now next to the Easy Local Site plugin.
  4. Activate the plugin.

Alternatively, see the official WordPress Codex guide to Manually Installing Plugins.

Using the mu-plugins folder is better

Ideally you should install Easy Local Site in wp-content/mu-plugins (plugins in here are ‘Must Use’ and are automatically activated). This will mean that it is always activated, even after migrating a database from a production site where the plugin is not installed/activated, so you don’t have to remember to manually activate it.

The WP_LOCAL_DEV constant method

You must use the WP_LOCAL_DEV constant method as outlined by Mark Jaquith: markjaquith.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/wordpress-local-dev-tips

If the WP_LOCAL_DEV constant is not defined this plugin will do nothing. This means you can safely put it in your mu-plugins folder and include it in your Git repository on a production site.

Overriding outgoing emails

To override outgoing emails, you must define WP_LOCAL_EMAIL in local-config.php as follows:

define( ‘WP_LOCAL_EMAIL’, ‘me@myemailaddress.com’ );

Download from GitHub

You can also download this plugin from GitHub at https://github.com/lumpysimon/wp-easy-local-site

Contributors & Developers

“Easy Local Site” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

0.3

  • Use WP_LOCAL_EMAIL constant for email address (for easier use by teams in a version-controlled environment)
  • Prepare for localisation.
  • Add PHPDoc comments

0.2

  • Add email overriding

0.1

  • Initial release