WP Engine: Git and Free Swag
This 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?
Using 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.
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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