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  • Local vs live staging

    Posted by [email protected] on March 19, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    I need to create a website that will include LearnDash, BuddyBoss, etc.

    I’m planning to build it on my computer using Local by Flywheel. Then, when it’s ready, I’ll migrate it online using WP Vivid.

    I guess that I only should use Local by Flywheel in this specific circumstance. I shouldn’t use it to make changes or test plugins once my site is online, should I?.

    If I’d create a backup of my live site and make changes on local, my live site will still be running, getting new registrations, new comments, etc. But I don’t know if “Local by Flywheel” can handle that correctly.

    I heard that to make any changes and test plugins once my web is live, I should use a staging environment provided by my web host instead of a plugin like Local by Flywheel.

    I’d appreciate any advice.I need to create a website that will include LearnDash, BuddyBoss, etc.
    I’m planning to build it on my computer using Local by Flywheel. Then, when it’s ready, I’ll migrate it online using WP Vivid.

    I guess that I only should use Local by Flywheel in this specific circumstance. I shouldn’t use it to make changes or test plugins once my site is online, should I?.

    If I’d create a backup of my live site and make changes on local, my live site will still be running, getting new registrations, new comments, etc. But I don’t know if “Local by Flywheel” can handle that correctly.
    I heard that to make any changes and test plugins once my web is live, I should use a staging environment provided by my web host instead of a plugin like Local by Flywheel.

    I’d appreciate any advice.

    DANIEL GIL replied 2 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • David Risley

    Administrator
    March 21, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Using Local By Flywheell will work for you, but I’m not completely sure how it handles changes to the database. I usually just use on-server staging and it handles that stuff pretty well.

    There are also plugins out there specifically to track and preserve changes in this kind of instance. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of one I came across recently. :/ But, I know they’re out there. You put a tracker plugin on the one you want to monitor… then when you restore a staging site, it literally ensures anything new that happened on the live site in the interim is preserved (comments, orders, etc.)

  • DANIEL GIL

    Member
    March 22, 2022 at 7:18 am

    I’ll use Local while I’m creating my site and once it’s on the internet I’ll update my site using my on-server staging. I was not sure if web host staging is reliable when having complex databases that will change while I’m testing. I guess to make things easier I should add new content (blog posts, etc.) always on the live site.

    Thanks, David.Thanks, David.

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