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Improve Staging Deployment for Wordpress Sites with better Find/Replace

I have found a problem with the Staging deployment for my wordpress sites.
Some plugins and themes store serialised arrays in the wordpress options. This is a valid technique that results in less DB calls.
However, if you simply do a find and replace on URLs in the database, the serialisation of the array will break. This means that the Staging site will lose the settings in the plug-ins and themes.
If you don't realise this, and push the changes back to Live, the Live website will break.

A related problem is with premium plugins and themes that are licensed to a specific domain. Of course, the Staging site is on a different domain, and so some plug-ins may require a different license key.
Again, this is a find and replace challenge when migrating to and from Staging and Production.

I have got around this problem by using WP Migrate Pro plug-in, which performs and intelligent and WordPress optimised migration. Of course, it would have been better to have this functionality in Cloudways.

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  • Garth Penglase commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    ps. we shouldn't be having to tell you about this stuff - you are creating your own support issues.

    surely you realise that half of your "my plugin isn't working" support issues after migration would be related to this?

  • Garth Penglase commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This still hasn't been addressed. It screws with certain premium plugins.

    Along with the initial one that your migration team did for me, it still requires a follow up search and replace on all migrated sites using your migration plugin.

    Why don't you tell Blogvault to give Delicious Brains a call and license their Better Search Replace plugin tech. Problem solved.

  • Brandon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 Seems like this should be a priority if they tout true one button push/pulls. Losing information in serialised arrays should not occur.

  • Igor Honhoff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the same issue on my site. I contacted support to help me with this and they were able to successfully replace all the urls in serialised arrays but this should happen automatically when cloning or creating a staging copy.

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