This is an example for when we WORK on Production. Pushing directly to production is an option for projects that are completely new and there is no content on it.


  • If this is complete new website.
  • No data migration will be done to this site other than manual content adding.
  • Data will only be added once development has stopped.


  • If everything is built on production then launching this website will be done without any effort.
  • No need to use WP Engine buttons to [Delpoy] to production from stage.
  • No stage URL will ever end-up on production.
  • Stage can be used as a backup of the DB.


You will set up WP engine production on your local environment, and you will push to it directly skipping Stage. You will set up Stage as a Remote so one everything is done you can push to Stage from your local environment everything you have.

Before Setup:

Setup step by step:

  1. Navigate to folder where you are setting up you local environment
    $ cd ~/..wordpress../my_wp_install_name
  2. Clone Production from WP Engine

    $ git clone --recursive .
  3. Set up your Stage as remote.
    $ git remote add INSTALLNAME-stage
  4. Fetch remote Stage
    $ git fetch INSTALLNAME-stage
  5. Add special .gitignore file to root directory
    • This ignores all of WP core because WP engine handles core updates, we will not be putting core in git
    • On your local you will install core using WP-CLI later on
  6. Push .gitignore to WP Engine repository from here
  7. Install local instance of WordPress using WP-CLI
    $ wp core download
  8. Get The DB from WP Engine
    • Go to WP Engine Interface and navigate to phpMyAdmin link should be (
    • Export DB from WP Engine as an SQL file
    • Create a DB on your local machine wp_INSTALLNAME
    • Import DB from the export you just did
  9. Configure your on you local environment
    • Rename a wp-config-sample.php file on you local environment to wp-confg.php
    • Change all necessary variables: DB_NAME , DB_USER, DB_HOST
      define('DB_NAME', 'DBNAME');
      /** MySQL database username */
      define('DB_USER', 'USER');
      /** MySQL database password */
      define('DB_PASSWORD', 'PASSWORD');
      /** MySQL hostname */
      define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');
    • Define WP_HOME and WP_SITEURL to whatever your local URL is
      define('WP_HOME',    'http://LOCALURL.DEV'); define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://LOCALURL.DEV');
  10. Install and activate any necessary plugins using WP-CLI
    $ wp plugin install PLUGINNAME --activate
  11. Push all changes to WP Engine via Git