[olug] any WordPress whizzes on board?

Lou Duchez lou at paprikash.com
Fri Dec 7 15:54:47 CST 2018

Thanks, I think you told me what I want to know.

I'm comfortable using Linux for unchallenging operations, like 
transplanting entire Wordpress so that it behaves identically in its new 
home (dump the database, zip up the Wordpress directory, transplant, fix 
.htaccess if need be).  My particular issue involves /merging/ 
Wordpresses, and that's where I worry more about tripping over 
WordPress's internal mechanisms.  Like, to pull in pages from another 
WordPress, that for sure needs to be an export / import operation, just 
for ID and slug management. The database requires finesse, and it's far 
better to rely on someone in the know (say, WordPress themselves) to 
manage that.

Merging images from another Wordpress /could/ be a nightmare, if there's 
much or any database involvement.  That's why I'd really like to export 
/ import the images rather than just zip / unzip the "uploads" 
directory.  The good news is, so far, there don't seem to be any 
problems if I export / import the images and then zip / unzip any 
resized versions; Wordpress seems not to feel anything questionable is 
going on.

But that could change at any time, and it sure would be nice if there 
were a plugin that copied the complete set of images, with at least 
lukewarm assurances that it was doing things the "approved" way.

Honestly, I do not get why this isn't a well-trodden path.  If I create 
a page, pull in an image, and resize it, WordPress will build a resized 
version of that image and link  to it.  It follows that, if I'm 
exporting that page for importing elsewhere, I'm likewise going to need 
to export the resized image for importing elsewhere.

> I own https://reiners.tech, feel free to hit me up if you need some help.
> I do quite a bit of WordPress, Joomla hosting for businesses, those clever
> workarounds work better than many plugins, which can also backfire.
> Normally when I install WordPress and move a site, I'll just copy the
> apache .conf file, and move the entire webroot to the new server, and
> `chown apache:apache /var/www/html`  to Apache, and move the DB if need be.
> Moving things via command line is not really a clever workaround, it's just
> how Linux works. If you use a plugin, you have to rely on it being both
> compatible with your version of WordPress, as well as coded right.
> Command line works 100% of the time for me. YMMV but I'd love to help if
> you need it.
> On Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 2:53 PM Lou Duchez <lou at paprikash.com> wrote:
>> Anyone here do a lot of WordPress migration?  In particular, is there
>> any way to get WordPress's export / import functionality to migrate not
>> only the main copy of an image, but any resized varieties of that
>> image?  I'm pretty sure I could just zip / unzip the wp-content/uploads
>> directory, but I'd rather operate through WordPress than depend upon
>> Clever Workarounds.  Clever Workarounds have a way of backfiring.
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