How to Migrate from DesktopServer to Local

Now that DesktopServer has sadly closed down, it’s time to move to another tool for working with WordPress locally. I’m going to be using Local (formerly Local by Flywheel) for now.

Fortunately it’s easy to migrate from DesktopServer to Local.

Local has an import tool and it just requires a zip file with your site files and your database.
This is exactly how DesktopServer’s export feature creates backups.

So first we’ll use DesktopServer to create the backup file. Then we’ll import it into Flywheel.

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How to Sync WooCommerce Products Between Sites

Sync WordPress Content

When you are working with a WordPress development or staging site in conjunction with a live site, there are often times when you just want to migrate a couple of products, for example, from staging to live, without re-migrating the whole site. Or you may be looking for a way to keep products synchronized between your sites.

While there are some tools, like WP Migrate DB (pro), that let you sync databases pretty easily, that can be overkill for some situations, and they tend to be more developer-centric.

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Enable Error Reporting in WordPress

Troubleshooting WordPress Problems

When things aren’t working as expected on your site, or you get an error notification from WordPress, you will need to check the error logs for your site.

WordPress runs on PHP and the error logs let you know when PHP had problems running code. PHP errors are often the reason plugins or your theme aren’t working as expected.

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Find Unused Images in WordPress

Cleaning up your media library and removing unused images can help you reduce disk space usage at your host, which could save you money. It also keeps the overall size of your site down, which will make backing it up and migrating it easier.

Whatever your motivation, getting rid of images you are no longer using is a great way to tackle this. But how can you find and remove unused images?

Don’t get unattached images confused with unused images and mass delete anything unattached. No, for this task you will need a slightly more sophisticated tool.

There are a few helpful plugins out there to assist. There are also some pretty useless ones. I tested several and I’ll let you know which ones to try out and which to avoid.

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