Local Sync

Push website changes between localhost and live environments with one click. No port forwarding or desktop apps needed.

You see, in this world there's two types of people, my friend: those with the right tools, and those who develop in live environment.

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The problem with having multiple website development environments is that sometimes it’s a hassle to keep them all up to date. You end up wasting your time on complicated flows, or worse – you start making changes on the live site. Luckily, your cowboy coding days are over, thanks to Local Sync.

Local Sync lets you quickly sync your local environment with staging and production ones. Want to deploy a website from your computer? No problem – just use Local Sync to push it to the website server. It also works the other way; you want to make changes to the live website without breaking it? Local Sync will push the latest version to your local environment, so you can get to work.

Here’s how it works:

  • Pick a localhost website and a live website to synchronize
  • Localhost website will open in a new browser tab. Since localhost is not accessible from the internet, we’re using the browser to connect to local website. This tab needs to remain open until synchronization completes
  • File checks are done on both websites, and Local Sync pushes only the files that have been changed
  • Database is hot swapped

Q: What’s the difference between the Clone feature and Local Sync?

A: Clone needs to create a snapshot first. This snapshot is transferred to AWS, and then cloned to destination website. This makes Clone an ideal tool to deploy a WordPress website – it’s more robust, but also slower and more resource intensive. Local Sync is more suitable to sync changes between two versions of the same website, since it’s faster and simpler.

Q: Why is Local Sync in beta?

A: There are so many different server configurations out there, it’s impossible to create unit tests for them. That’s why we need you to use it whenever you can, and send us feedback and bug reports. While we don’t expect that Local Sync would cause major issues, we still recommend using Clone for mission critical websites. Clone’s been battle tested and fine tuned these past 2 years.

Q: Will Local Sync be a premium addon after beta?

A: Yes. However, our goal is for Local Sync to be universally used, and it that sense you will not experience sticker shock. We are also considering bundling it with other premium addons, like we did with Backup and Clone. Stay tuned!

Q: What are your long term goals for Local Sync?

A: We are working toward two goals that will make your life easier:

  • Full control over which files, folders and database tables you want to sync
  • Smart database merge, so you won’t lose any database entries that happened in the meantime

Technical takeaways for nerds

    1. Sync to and from localhost

      By utilizing your browser as a tunnel, you are able to synchronize between your localhost website and other environments on the web. No desktop app or port forwarding needed.

    2. Smart push

      Only new files and files that have changed are pushed to the destination website. This significantly reduces the transfer length and increases reliability

    3. No backup needed

      Database and files are being sent one by one, straight to the destination website

    4. Database hot swap

      The database is overwritten during the sync

    5. Syncs between live sites

      Yep, a hidden feature for those of you who read the whole thing! You can use Local Sync to quickly move a website from one server to another, without needing to wait for the backup to be created and sent to AWS.

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