Vagrant is an awesome tool and works really well–for most applications. At WDS, a LOT of our peeps use Vagrant for their day-to-day activities, and chances are you’ve seen Brad Parbs‘ VV at some point, or may be using it right now. However,...Read More Developer Devolution: Why I Stopped Using Vagrant
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…And lo! It came to pass that I needed to set up a local environment built on IIS. Many things (like communicating with a MS SQL server) can be emulated or replicated on a *nix environment, in which case the Vagrant workflow I’ve...Read More Using Vagrant and IIS for WordPress Development
When I started doing web development, I think I started the way a lot of us did. You have a site you want to work on, so you connect with FTP, download a file, modify it, upload it back up, and then...Read More Getting started with Vagrant & VVV for local development
Back in 2016, I wrote a blog post about using Laravel Homestead as my local environment. At the time, my only real options were Vagrant or MAMP as an Apple user. Since then, the number of options has increased slightly to include...Read More Leaving Homestead: Finding the Best All-Around Local Development Environment
Using Elasticsearch (ES) on your site can help boost performance, especially with complex search setups. When using Elasticsearch on your local development environment, it can be tricky, because the names of indices are based on URL and can be the same as...Read More Using Elasticsearch on Your Local Dev Environment
What Is Elasticsearch? Elasticsearch is an incredibly fast, open-source, distributed, and highly-scalable solution for managing your searchable content. Elasticsearch can scale up with your site, because of its distributed architecture. This means that as your site grows, Elasticsearch grows with it; and...Read More Why Use Elasticsearch on Your WordPress Site?
Developers have their own way of working, and I’m no exception. With a half a dozen apps running at any given time to make my code structure, workflow, and deployments as smooth as possible, I depend on simple easy-to-use tools to get...Read More My Local: Getting Started with Laravel Homestead
In a previous post, I wrote about how awesome PHPStorm is in the context of being a front-end developer. In this post, we are going to look at getting the PHPStorm debugger setup to work with Xdebug and then test it to...Read More The PHPStorm Debugger is Pretty Awesome
Although contributing to the open source–and specifically, the WordPress–community has always been a central component of WebDevStudios’ philosophy, it wasn’t until October of 2014 that we figured out how to formally contribute as a full company. We started participating in Five for...Read More What WDS Did During Five for the Future: May 2016