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Aug 13, 2020

BE Media from Production

Contributors: billerickson,magicroundabout
Requires at least: 4.3 Tested up to: 5.4
Stable tag: 1.6.0
License: GPLv2 or later
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Uses local media when available, and uses the production server for the rest.


When redesigning a website with a large uploads directory, you might not need all those uploads in your development or staging environment, but you also don't want to see broken images throughout the site.

This plugin lets you use the production server for missing media. Define the production URL using a constant BE_MEDIA_FROM_PRODUCTION_URL or filter be_media_from_production_url.

In all cases, if a local file exists, it will be used in preference to the remote file.


Once the plugin is installed, add the following constant to wp-config.php with your production URL.


Alternatively, you can use the filter in your theme's functions.php file, a core functionality plugin, or a mu-plugin:

	function () {
		return '';

Installation via WP-CLI and constants

wp config set BE_MEDIA_FROM_PRODUCTION_URL "" --type=constant
wp plugin install --activate be-media-from-production

Using with WP Migrate DB Pro

WP Migrate DB Pro is my preferred tool for pushing/pulling databases between environments. The Media addon allows you transfer media between environemnts along with the database.

When redesigning a website, I keep all the media on my development server and push up new media uploads along with the database.

Set up a "push" profile to push your local database to the development server. Make sure "Media Files" is checked and select "Compare, then upload".

Set up a "pull" profile to pull the development database locally. Do not include media in your pull. Any missing media will be handled by BE Media from Production.


Uses local media when it's available, and uses the production server for rest.




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