Local by Flywheel: Upload Own Files

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With the database restored, the next step is to upload the files from the live site. I used FileZilla to FTP to the site and download the files.

One you have the files downloaded, they need to be copied to the Local by Flywheel version of the site. The fields are accessible using Windows Explorer. The easiest way to get to the folder, is via the Overview tab. On this tab, click the open button (arrow in circle) below the site name:

Site Overview tab showing the open button.

This will launch Windows Explorer to the Local Sites folder; expand the required site >> app >> public; all of the files in here can be deleted and replaced with the ones downloaded from the live site:

Windows Explorer showing the site

As well as uploading files from a live site, you could also upload the files to transfer your site from WordPress to ClassicPress.

Local by Flywheel: Update Links in Database

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In the last post of this series, I restored the database from my live blog into Local by Flywheel. The next step is to change the references in the database from my live domain address (https://www.azurecurve.co.uk/) to the one local to Local by Flywheel (azurecurve.local).

I did this by running the following SQL query against the database using mySQL Workbench:

/*
Created by Ian Grieve of azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant (http://www.azurecurve.co.uk)
This code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int).
*/
UPDATE
	local.azc_options
		SET
			post_content = 
						REPLACE(
								post_content
                                , 'https://www.azurecurve.co.uk'
                                , 'http://azurecurve.local');
UPDATE
	local.azc_posts
		SET
			post_content = 
						REPLACE(
								post_content
                                , 'https://www.azurecurve.co.uk'
                                , 'http://azurecurve.local');

Local by Flywheel: Upload Own Database

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To migrate an existing site into Local by Flywheel, the first step is to restore your database. To make the backup, I used the mySQL Workbench, but many tools can be used to make and restore a backup of the database.

The first step is to backup your database from your current web host. Once you have this backup file, you need to restore it to the Local by Flywheel database.

The connection details for this database are available from the Local by Flywheel app on the Database tab:

azurecurve Database page

With these details you can use mySQL Workbench to connect and restore the database.

Local by Flywheel: Migrate Site to Local by Flywheel

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Over the last few posts, I’ve installed Local by Flywheel and used it to deploy a WordPress site for local development and testing. However, it is capable of so much more than this.

The WordPress site it creates can be migrated to ClassicPress using the migration plugin so that you can test that fork of WordPress 4.9.8.

You can also load an existing site into Local by Flywheel so that you can develop and test on a replica of your site. Over the next few posts, I am going to cover the steps I used to migrate my blog.

Local by Flywheel: Access Site From External Location

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You are able to give access to people externally in order that they can view your site in Local by Flywheel. You do this from the site overview page, by clicking the Enable button at the bottom of the screen:

Site Overview screen

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Local by Flywheel: Access Site

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Once you have a site created, it can be access by clicking the View Site button in the top-right corner:

Site Overview screen

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Is Newspack The Reason for Gutenberg in WordPress?

WordPressAutomattic/Wordpress.com have just announced Newspack by WordPress.com — A New Publishing Solution for News Organizations.

Newspack by WordPress.com is a new platform aimed at small and medium-sized news organisations, receiving a total of $2.4m funding, with half of that from from Google. Other contributors include The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, ConsenSys and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Google have a post on how a new publishing platform can help local news. I do wonder about the intentions behind this, as Google have a history of opposition from news organisations around the world who don’t like the aggregation which Google does.

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Local by Flywheel: Create New Site

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Once Local by Flywheel is installed, starting the application will show a page with a large green Create a new site button; click this button :

Create a new site stage

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Local by Flywheel: Installation

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Now that we have Local by Flywheel downloaded, we need to install it (which is a very simple install). Launch the downloaded installer and click the Let’s Go! button to start the installation:

Click Let

The installation of the two components, VirtualBox and Host machine, may take a few minutes, but once completed you’ll be taken to the Create aew site step.

I’ll cover the creation of a site in the next post in this series.

Local by Flywheel: VT-X/AMD Error During Installation

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If when you install Local by Flywheel you receive the following error, it possibly means you have another hypervisor, such as Hyper-V, running:

Error message: Error with pre-create check: "This computer doesn

Disable the other hypervisor (see the last post in this series for how to disable the Hyper-V one) and restart the installation.