I came across WP-CLI via the tutorial at http://centminmod.com/nginx_configure_wordpress_ffpc_plugin.html and was wondering does WP-CLI work on Wordpress instances which were NOT initially installed with WP-CLI but installed via normal FTP upload Wordpress installs ?

So can I manage plugins, core updates via WP-CLI on non WP-CLI installed Wordpress installs ?

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Yes, of course it does, as long as you also have SSH access to the instance (it won't work over FTP).

There's nothing special about WordPress instances installed via WP-CLI. Commands such as wp core download and wp core install perform the same actions you would normally do when installing manually.

  • Awesome, thanks for that info - wp-cli seems very handy indeed !
    – p4guru
    Feb 13, 2014 at 6:06

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