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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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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2018: The Year of Going Deeper and Wider

A quick bulleted list… This year, I’m working on the following:

Deeper

  • Gutenberg and React
  • Vue and the RESTAPI
  • For fun: calypso fork? WP-CLI stuffs? Beans something??

Wider

  • Laravel
  • NodeApp
  • For fun: Raspberry Pi and a bot

Health

  • Really get this dialed in for the rest of my life.
  • Get weight down into the 230s or body fat down around 12%-15%.
  • Get lower back pain under control.
  • Be able to run and play with my daughter no problem.

How I Wrote My First Bash Script to Implement WP-CLI on Managed Sites

They say if you want to learn something, teach.

Or scratch your own itch.

Or just do it.

In any case, I had an itch that I have been wanting to find a fix for for a while.

If you are a developer like me, you began figuring this “WordPress thing” out through tutorials, trial and (mostly) error, and trying a lot of different things out.

Also, if you’re like me, you got into this for several reasons, one of which is the joy of helping people out and getting them a website setup and launched. I love the satisfaction of getting that project launched and the joy these folks have when they realize they can manage their own publishing.

And of course, if you’re a developer like me, you have a shared hosting account with at least a dozen different websites that are small personal projects or folks on the “friends and family plan” (read “free hosting” 🙂 ). This means I have a dozen or so sites I want to make sure I keep updated, but don’t want to spend a lot of time updating.

So, I decided to learn enough bash to write a script that would execute WP-CLI commands on my local environment as well as my shared hosting.

Here’s how I did it…

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