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README.md

WordPress Heroku

This project is a template for installing and running WordPress on Heroku. The repository comes bundled with PostgreSQL for WordPress and WP Read-Only.

Installation

Clone the repository from Github

$ git clone git://github.com/mhoofman/wordpress-heroku.git

With the Heroku gem, create your app

$ cd wordpress-heroku
$ heroku create
Creating strange-turtle-1234... done, stack is cedar
http://strange-turtle-1234.herokuapp.com/ | git@heroku.com:strange-turtle-1234.git
Git remote heroku added

Add a database to your app

$ heroku addons:add heroku-postgresql:dev
Adding heroku-postgresql:dev to strange-turtle-1234... done, v2 (free)
Attached as HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_COLOR
Database has been created and is available
Use `heroku addons:docs heroku-postgresql:dev` to view documentation

Promote the database (replace COLOR with the color name from the above output)

$ heroku pg:promote HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_COLOR
Promoting HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_COLOR to DATABASE_URL... done

Add the ability to send email (i.e. Password Resets etc)

$ heroku addons:add sendgrid:starter
Adding sendgrid:starter on your-app... done, v14 (free)
Use `heroku addons:docs sendgrid` to view documentation.

Create a new branch for any configuration/setup changes needed

$ git checkout -b production

Store unique keys and salts in Heroku environment variables. Wordpress can provide random values here.

heroku config:set AUTH_KEY='put your unique phrase here' \
  SECURE_AUTH_KEY='put your unique phrase here' \
  LOGGED_IN_KEY='put your unique phrase here' \
  NONCE_KEY='put your unique phrase here' \
  AUTH_SALT='put your unique phrase here' \
  SECURE_AUTH_SALT='put your unique phrase here' \
  LOGGED_IN_SALT='put your unique phrase here' \
  NONCE_SALT='put your unique phrase here' \

Deploy to Heroku

$ git push heroku production:master
-----> Heroku receiving push
-----> PHP app detected
-----> Bundling Apache v2.2.22
-----> Bundling PHP v5.3.10
-----> Discovering process types
       Procfile declares types -> (none)
       Default types for PHP   -> web
-----> Compiled slug size is 13.8MB
-----> Launcing... done, v5
       http://strange-turtle-1234.herokuapp.com deployed to Heroku

To git@heroku:strange-turtle-1234.git
  * [new branch]    production -> master

After deployment WordPress has a few more steps to setup and thats it!

Usage

Because a file cannot be written to Heroku's file system, updating and installing plugins or themes should be done locally and then pushed to Heroku.

Updating

Updating your WordPress version is just a matter of merging the updates into the branch created from the installation.

$ git pull # Get the latest

Using the same branch name from our installation:

$ git checkout production
$ git merge master # Merge latest
$ git push heroku production:master

WordPress needs to update the database. After push, navigate to:

http://your-app-url.herokuapp.com/wp-admin

WordPress will prompt for updating the database. After that you'll be good to go.

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