Flywheel recommends storing themes and code in a version control system like Git, and supports deploying from Git using DeployHQ. (HINT: this is how we deploy the getflywheel.com site).
DeployHQ allows you to set up all types of manual and automatic deployment for your sites. It supports Git, Mercurial, and Subversion code repositories, and can deploy to many types of destinations including FTP/SFTP, Amazon S3, and more.
For the purposes of deploying to Flywheel, we are going to focus on using DeployHQ to deploy a Git repository to your Flywheel site via SFTP.
In order to utilize DeployHQ to publish your Git repo to Flywheel, you will need the following prerequisites:
The free account is good for 1 project and 10 deploys / day
The steps for connecting DeployHQ and Flywheel are simple, and take just a few minutes to set up. Once you’re set up, you can choose from two types of deployments:
|Manual deployment||To deploy your code, you log into the DeployHQ dashboard and initiate the deployment manually|
|Automatic deployment||Your code will be deployed to Flywheel automatically on each commit|
The method used is up to you, and you can switch at any time.
To get started, log in to your DeployHQ account and create a new project:
From there, add the details of your Git repository. You can either specify the full URL of the repository, or for Github and Bitbucket you can enter your username / password and DeployHQ will automatically pull a list of your repos:
Once you’ve selected your repository, you will need to configure the server for the deployment. These are the settings for your Flywheel site that will be the destination for the files that are deployed from your Git repo.
|Name||The name of the destination server Example: Flywheel Site|
|Username||Your Flywheel username. Note: This is NOT your email address|
|Password||Your Flywheel password|
|Use SSH Keys for authentication?||Unchecked|
|Path on server||The full path on the Flywheel SFTP server where you’d like to deploy to. Example: /username/my-flywheel-site/wp-content/themes/my-theme|
|Notification Email Address||Your email address|
|Branch to deploy from||The branch you’d like to deploy from. (Example: master)|
|Environment||The name you’d like to give this environment. (Example: Production)|
|Subdirectory to deploy from||The subdirectory in your repo that corresponds to the destination path on the server. (Example: wp-content/themes/my-theme)|
Flywheel recommends deploying only your theme. You cannot deploy your entire WordPress installation, as Flywheel write-protects the core WordPress files.
The final step to configuring DeployHQ to deploy to your Flywheel account is to create a deployment. To do so, select the server you just created, and select which revisions you’d like to commit.
Clicking “Run Deployment” will take your code from the Git repository, and will deploy it to your Flywheel site via SFTP. Once the deployment is complete, you will be notified by email, and your changes will be live on Flywheel!
To run this deployment in the future, you simply need to log into your DeployHQ account, and click the “Deploy Now” button, and all the latest committed changes will be pulled from your Git repo and deployed to your Flywheel account.
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