Using Local by Flywheel for Local Laravel Development

While I mostly build with WordPress, I’m going to be working with a few projects coming up that will require a more custom application approach. So, I’m (most likely) going to use Laravel. Step one for any project is to get set up locally. If you’re like me, you like keeping things organized and try to keep things from getting redundant.

For local development, this means using one solution as best I can to make getting setup and going on new projects as simple as possible. While I’ve used ScotchBox, VVV and WP Local Docker before, I’m using Local by Flywheel all the time now. It’s easy to get rolling, consistent for our team to use, and if you want to try out something like Laravel or Craft, you can easily sub those frameworks in. 

Here’s how I’m doing that with Laravel…

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Customizing WordPress

Everyone wants a unique web presence. WordPress makes this easy by allowing us to customize our website to our heart’s content.

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A New Talks Page

Recently, I’ve started volunteering to give more talks to local user groups and conferences. Normally, I have some kind of slide deck to go along with those as a resource. To keep all of these in one place, I’ve created a Talks page as a kind of repo for the talks I’ve given or talks in development.

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Auto-Send Slack Invites

Recently, we wanted to create a Slack group for a meetup group in our city. We also wanted to auto-send Slack invites to folks so the admins didn’t have to.

Everyone (especially devs!) love Slack, and we’re on it all the time. One of the best ways we can keep in touch outside of the meetup (meetup.com doesn’t really have a good interface for chatting with group members in between meetups) is to make sure we’re able to communicate and ask questions here between meetups.

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Talk: Getting Started with WP-CLI

Do you work with or maintain WordPress sites and wonder if there’s an easier way to keep things updated?

Are you looking for a way to automate a site setup, turning a five minute install into a 5 second install? (Well, at least less than 5 minutes)

Are you bogged down by repetitive tasks that you think, “Ugh, OMG!!!, I wish there was a friggin’ script I could run that would take care of this for me.”

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