Install and Configure Wordmove on Ubuntu 16.04

I heard about Wordmove from Dann over at SpeakWP which helps manage multiple WordPress environments like local, staging and production. Wordmove is written in Ruby and requires some dependencies to install correctly before you can use it to easily push and pull WordPress installations with incredible ease.

I also outline the basic configuration files for Wordmove to set up multiple environments.

Install Wordmove on Ubuntu 16.04

We need to grab a bunch of dependencies for Wordmove to work.

We are using the Brightbox repository to install Ruby 2.4 which photocopier – a Wordmove dependency – requires

sudo apt update
sudo apt install python-software-properties software-properties-common -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:brightbox/ruby-ng -y
sudo apt install curl git libcurl4-openssl-dev make zlib1g-dev gawk g++ gcc libreadline6-dev libssl-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 autoconf libgdbm-dev libncurses5-dev automake libtool bison gzip pkg-config ruby2.4 ruby-bundler ruby-dev -y

Install the Wordmove Ruby gem

gem install wordmove

You will get a bunch of output showing the gem dependencies being installed

Fetching: colorize-0.7.7.gem (100%)
Successfully installed colorize-0.7.7
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Successfully installed i18n-0.7.0
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Successfully installed thread_safe-0.3.5
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Successfully installed tzinfo-1.2.2
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Successfully installed activesupport-
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Successfully installed net-ssh-3.2.0
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Successfully installed net-scp-1.2.1
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Successfully installed net-ssh-gateway-1.2.0
Fetching: photocopier-1.1.1.gem (100%)
Successfully installed photocopier-1.1.1
Fetching: wordmove-2.0.0.gem (100%)
    Starting from 2.0.0 Wordmove will compress SQL dumps both in remote and locale environments.
    If something will broke, please check if gzip executable is present locally and
    remotely. We are considering obvious it's installed in any web environment.
    Open an issue on github at your needs.
Successfully installed wordmove-2.0.0
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Parsing documentation for wordmove-2.0.0
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Done installing documentation for colorize, i18n, thread_safe, tzinfo, activesupport, net-ssh, net-scp, net-ssh-gateway, photocopier, wordmove after 13 seconds
10 gems installed

Wordmove is now installed, I plan to make a detailed configuration in the future but for now this is how you get started.

Wordmove Initial Configuration

Enter your home folder, create a new folder for your Movefile configurations and initialize the first Movefile

cd ~
mkdir wpbulletstaging
cd wpbulletstaging
wordmove init

Open your Movefile

nano Movefile

You will see a local section which is meant to reference the local installation

Make sure you specify the absolute path and database credentials.

If you plan to use SSH keys see this.

  vhost: "http://vhost.local"
  wordpress_path: "/root/staging" # use an absolute path here

    name: "database_name"
    user: "user"
    password: "password"
    host: ""

You also will usually have a production block.

Wordmove will connect by SSH or FTP to execute remote commands – FTP support will be deprecated in the future.

More detail about Movefile configurations can be found here.

  vhost: ""
  wordpress_path: "/var/www/your_site" # use an absolute path here

    name: "database_name"
    user: "user"
    password: "password"
    host: "host"
    # port: "3308" # Use just in case you have exotic server config
    # mysqldump_options: "--max_allowed_packet=1G" # Only available if using SSH

    - ".git/"
    - ".gitignore"
    - ".sass-cache/"
    - "node_modules/"
    - "bin/"
    - "tmp/*"
    - "Gemfile*"
    - "Movefile"
    - "wp-config.php"
    - "wp-content/*.sql"

     host: "host"
     user: "user"
     password: "password" # password is optional, will use public keys if available.
     port: 22 # Port is optional
     rsync_options: "--verbose" # Additional rsync options, optional
  #   gateway: # Gateway is optional
  #     host: "host"
  #     user: "user"
  #     password: "password" # password is optional, will use public keys if available.

If your host doesn’t have SSH you can swap out the ssh block with FTP

     host: "host"
     user: "user"
     password: "password" 
     passive: true
     scheme: "ftp" # default "ftp", "ftps" also available

You can save this configuration now with Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to Save and Exit.

In Wordmove you can pull an installation from a remote server, this will pull from your production environment to your local one.

Wordmove commands must be run from the folder containing the Movefile!

wordmove pull -e production --all

Similarly you can push your local installation that you have been working onto the production environment

wordmove push -e production --all

Here is the full list of Wordmove flags