WP Engine: Git and Free Swag

WP Engine Omni BuildingThis past Friday I took a trip down to San Antonio to celebrate my birthday. There was, of course, quite a bit of fun on that trip. My brother and I brought a couple of pretty girls down with us and we spent Saturday night at the Riverwalk. But, even with all of the typical birthday happenings, I got another great gift – Tin Pham and Austin Gunter hooked me up with a tour of the WP Engine offices!

It’s no secret that I love WP Engine. I don’t even get anything special for saying that. I just think they’ve got an amazing service and great people. So when I got the chance to see the WP Engine offices in person, I of course jumped on the opportunity.

At the end of the tour, Tin and I had a chance to sit down and talk about WP Engine and their new Git deploy feature. Having some experience with Git, I wanted to explain what Git is and how it can affect your development and productivity with WordPress.

What Is Git and Why Is It Useful?

Git is a software versioning system. When you are working with Git, you start with some initial code. Then any time you make a significant edit you do what’s called a commit. A commit is essentially a snapshot of all of the edits you performed to your code.

Why is this useful? Well, have you ever made an edit to your WordPress site that took everything down? I personally have knocked out websites more times than I can count – And it’s often just because I forgot a brace or mispelled a word. With Git in place, fixing this coding error is as easy as restoring to a previous commit.

Git is also a great tool to use when there are several developers working on a large project. With Git, developers can push and pull to a central repository which helps speed up development within a team.

How Can Git Help With WordPress?

Beer on Tap at WP EngineUsing WP Engine’s new Git feature will allow you to edit your website more safely and also allow you to communicate more effectively with a development team. Git will also allow you to go back as far as you want… as long as you have a commit. When you’re editing “on-the-fly”, you can only go so far back as undo lets you go ;)

Also, WP Engine’s new Git feature will make pushing edits to your WordPress website a breeze. A simple Git push should do the trick.

Free Swag!

The great guys at WP Engine hooked me up with AT LEAST a dozen T-Shirts and a metric butt-load of stickers! Soo… I will be giving T-shirts and Stickers to anyone who fills out the form below on a first-come, first-serve basis!

**The swag giveaway is now closed. We are now processing the requests :)

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Written by Eric Binnion

Eric Binnion is a computer science student at Midwestern State University. When Eric is not online, he is usually volunteering in his community or enjoying time with his family. You can find Eric on Twitter.