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How to: Easily Move a WordPress Install from Development to Production?

I do development on one box and use a second for production. Right now I just dump the database and then do a find a replace for the URL changes; then copy over the files and import the new SQL. Are ...
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Database synchronization between dev/staging and production

I have a problem with WP database synchronization between development and production and I am wondering how other people solving it. I am aware about this question but it doesn't really cover the ...
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Should all plugins be encapsulated in a Class?

When developing a plugin should the functions be grouped together into a Class to avoid namespace conflicts? Does using classes create performance overheads for PHP? If there is a performance hit, ...
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Is there a flowchart for wordpress loading sequence?

So like wp must load series of files from, index.php -> ... -> wp-header.php -> ... ->functions.php ...and so on upon execution. Also there must be a similar flowchart for functions ...
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How can I make updates to a site, on a development copy, but then move updates back without overriding live site's evolving database?

I've tried to be as descriptive in the title as possible, and I know this question has been asked in before in various forms but I could not find good answer to it and it's are to imagine that no one ...
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WordPress SEO by Yoast: Hide Meta boxes in posts for non-admins

I have multi-author website and I am not very comfortable for allowing all members to enter SEO details in the posts they are publishing. I would like this would be visible only to Administrator of ...
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WordPress local development environment

Everything on WordPress is primed for a production server, and hardly mentions info on development stuff. I want to setup a WordPress blog locally so that its good and ready before it goes live. Are ...
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Limit widget to certain sidebar?

I have multiple "sidebars", but not all of them are the same size. Not all widgets fit in all sidebars (for example, I have a "footer sidebar" where the client can place custom widgets, but they are ...
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How can I make a WordPress database portable and url independent?

Issue I am about to embark on some WordPress development in a multi person team environment. (3 or more people working on the same codebase at a time, each developing locally) With other CMSes we ...
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Creating Unique Post URLs for A/B Testing… Is this even possible?

I want to create a WordPress plugin that allows me to do A/B testing for WordPress standard posts, but I can't use the Shrimptest plugin because I need a spin: Since I'm ultimately testing ...
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Wordpress 3 MU for a development/stage/production site

Just wondering if people have any thoughts around the best way to setup Wordpress 3 to use for development, staging and production. I currently have an install that I just use for dev, before moving ...
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How to Handle Distributed Development Workflow

I'm trying to come up with a workflow for two (right now) people. One of whom will be doing theme work and another who will be writing content. We are not co-located are will not be anytime soon. The ...
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Highlight custom widgets in the admin area?

I have created some custom widgets for my client to use, but I want to make them stand out amidst the fifteen or so standard widgets in the admin area. How can I do this? I have solved this problem ...
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Using Docker for WordPress development

I am getting started with Docker and I'm still new to professional WordPress development practices. I would like to set up a Docker development environment (on my Mac) so that I can do custom ...
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Template for individual post designs

I browsed through the suggested posts, and couldn't find anything that was exactly answering my question. I apologize in advance if I'm reposting something obvious here, but there you have it. I want ...
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WordPress objects class reference

In WordPress we have several objects defined through classes that are enough documented. These are the WP_Query, WPDB, WP_Post and other. There are other objects however that are actually created at ...
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How to best setup for development for a two person bi-coastal team?

I'm working with another team member and they are reside in a different US State. We are working to convert an existing static e-commerce site to a Wordpress site. I want to have a DEV install of ...
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1answer
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How do you get formatted content of a post using the WordPress API?

I tried using <?php $my_id = 7; $post_id_7 = get_post($my_id); echo $post_id_7->post_content; ?> based on the documentation here. The article I'm trying to retrieve has Short Code, ...
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What are the ways to use WordPress as a user generated content site

What are the methods to create a user-generated-content website? I know each has his own favorite way to do that, please elaborate on your own method, how to implement it and the pros/cons. (This is ...
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Best way to develop multisite and deploy on another server?

I have no previous experience in developing multisites so be easy on me. I´m familiar with developing and launching single sites though. I´m looking for the smoothest way to build a multisite for my ...
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Splitting an Evolving Site into Multiple Sites, or Maintaining as One Site?

To Separate or Not to Separate...That is the Question? I currently have what I believe is a mistake in my site architecture. I initially built my two lines of business into the same site. ...
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Version Control: Entire site or just pieces?

I've been using git to track changes in the plugins and themes I've developed for different sites. Each plugin or theme has their own repository in whichever local install of WordPress I happen to be ...
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How can you develop on a live WordPress installation that is using W3 Total Cache? [closed]

Or to make it easier: you just want to disable the caching in order to see your changes in realtime. Any solution that would allow you to disable caching based on IP, logged user or cookie will be ...
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Force core to use .dev JavaScript files

I was wondering if there's some constant telling WordPress not to use the minified versions of scripts but instead load .dev ones. Already tried define('SCRIPT_DEBUG', true); but it only turned off ...
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Win7 Dev Environment

I have Win7 32-bit Professional and I want to start learning to program and skin WordPress. My hosts will likely be LAMP, so I was going to run Win versions of those tools locally. Should I just get a ...
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Which freelance sites are recommended to find WordPress developers/programmers, etc

I've been using drupal for a few years and it's overkill. I want to pay someone to migrate my content (blog posts and pages) over to wordpress without spending more than is necessary. Is there a ...
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Most Flawless Way To Transfer from Dev to Prod [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Easily Move a WordPress Install from Development to Production? So I've been working with WordPress for a while now and I usually develop locally and then upload ...
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How do you add pages on a staging server, and then move them over to production

Here is just one of a couple of scenarios where this could come up. Let's say you add a plugin on your development server, which requires a wordpress page to do its magic. There are a couple of ...
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Using development versions of jQuery, TinyMCE, …?

Is there a plugin or another easy way to get debug versions of the external Javascript libraries? ("External" because they were not written by the WordPress team, not because they come from Google or ...
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GPL and plugins

The Plugin developer center says "Your plugin must be GPLv2 Compatible.". But I found that the Topsy plugin is under GPLv3. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/rms-why-gplv3.html states that GPLv2 and GPLv3 ...
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Difference between add_filter and apply_filters

I have searched for a suitable explanation of the difference between add_filter() and apply_filters() in here but couldn't find one. Can anyone tell me what information or logic to consider before ...
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1answer
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On Install, which code sets the 'home' option?

I'm just doing some wordpress development and wondered for a brand new install, which code within core is generating the first value that get's filled into the home option? I'm looking for the code ...
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Adding custom Javascript to the head tag in Admin

I am writing a plugin for the back end but I need to add javascript that is created in a for loop to the head of the page. How do i do this? Steve
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Nuance in adding CPT and TAX to a submenu

I have a lot of CPT's and custom TAXs and decided to put them into a few submenus. That worked just fine. I'll explain how I did that in a moment but the problem is that when you choose a "new term" ...
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Maintaining synced staging/production WP sites

This is a more general question about WP website best practices. An issue I encounter with many of my clients is maintaining two identical WP installs (staging and production). They insist on seeing ...
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Allow comments without approval for custom content type

I like to have comments be approved being posted, however I have a custom content type that I want comments to go through without moderation. Is this possible with a php function for only the custom ...
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1answer
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Merging Wordpress posts from different databases

I have development and production versions of my website (on the same hosting). I want to easily synchronize the content between these versions. On the production website, content is updated daily. ...
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1answer
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How might I setup a development server (local) and a test/production server (remote)

I am thinking, how might I setup a development server locally then when done, upload and sync files + data to test/production server? I think options like siteurl and home in wp_options database table ...
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Are there any security issues with setting the WP_INSTALLING constant to true?

Running Wordpress 4.1 on a CentOS 6.5 instance through VirtualBox as a dev server. When logged in as admin on both ssl and non-ssl sites Wordpress curl requests are taking a long time to run (45+ ...
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Getting a stack trace when an error occurs?

I was told to "get a stack trace" when an error occurs in my WordPress installation. How do I do this? This is meant to be an easy place to refer others to. Please list plugins, configuration ...
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How to correctly add JQuery in a WP theme?

I am pretty new in WordPress and I have the following doubt: I have to include JQuery into a theme and I am doing in this way: I create the following function into functions.php theme file and I add ...
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Find and replace domain name on the fly?

Please read this carefully as it is not what you might be expecting. I'm building my site in a development sub domain. I don't want to have to go through the complications of running find and ...
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Which built-in Wordpress files are safe to edit?

I begin to work with Wordpress, I'm developing a theme with many functionnalities into it, and I'm good with that. My question does not have to do with theme development, but more with general ...
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Setting up WordPress playground and deploying to production server?

I would like to have WordPress on my local OS X machine to test out different themes, content, etc and then deploy it on to the production Linux server. I'm using WordPress for my website and ...
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Right way to update widget on dynamic new input field

I have code to add an input field dynamicly in my theme. I have testd it, as a metabox and it works. But, not in a widget. First add and update, that codes work, but when I refresh page or try to ...
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How does WordPress determine which multisite the user is on from the URL?

What is the file and line where WordPress determines which multi-site the user is on from the URL? I've been looking through the code all afternoon and can't figure out where it turns ...
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Enumerating over a category of links

I need to show a list of links, similar to what "Bookmarks" widget does. But Bookmarks widget is not suitable, because I need to display links (with removed "http://") instead of titles and also ...
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How to transfer changes from test environment to live site?

As with most other software it's safer to try new plugins, configuration options or template changes in a separate testing environment, see e.g. WordPress local development environment. Most ...
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One WordPress install serving multiple virtual hosts

I have a number of WordPress-enabled sites setup as virtual hosts under XAMPP on a Windows 7 development server. An example virtual host is as follows: <VirtualHost *:80> ServerName ...
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How to import WP XML file automatically on installation?

I'd like the user to install WP and have the default content loaded automatically but i don't want to have to write in in PHP in the wp_install_defaults(); I'd much rather export an xml file each time ...