We've been developing for Wordpress for several years and whilst our workflow has been upgraded at several points there's one thing that we've never solved... merging a local Wordpress database with a live database.
So I'm talking about having a local version of the site where files and data are changed, whilst the data on the live site is also changing at the same time.
All I can find is the perfect world scenario of pulling the site down, nobody (even customers) touching the live site, then pushing the local site back up. I.e copying one thing over the other.
How can this be done without running a tonne of mysql commands? (it feels like they could fall over if they're not properly checked!) Can this be done via Gulp's (I've seen it mentioned) or a plugin?
Just to be clear, I'm not talking about pushing/pulling data back and forth via something like WP Migrate DB Pro, BackupBuddy or anything similar - this is a merge, not replacing one database with another.
I would love to know how other developers get around this!
File changes are fairly simple to get around, it's when there's data changes that it causes the nightmare.
WP Stagecoach does do a merge but you can't work locally, it creates a staging site from the live site that you're supposed to work on. The merge works great but it's a killer blow not to be able to work locally.
I've also been told by the developers that datahawk.io will do what I want but there's no release date on that.