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Developer Group: WP-CLI: Leaving WP-Admin Behind

  • Aug 28, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Briteweb

The Command Line Interface makes a lot of developers reflexively cringe. Who has time to learn one more set of obscure, potentially-destructive commands when there's work to get done? But behind that blinking cursor are the keys to incredible power. If it's your job to develop, manage, or maintain WordPress sites, it's time to get comfy with WP-CLI... you might never see the inside of /wp-admin/ again.

In this presentation, you'll learn about the open-source WP-CLI project, and how it can enable you to do everything from install plugins to migrate an entire WordPress site between servers, all from the comfort of a Terminal window. Will include as much gentle encouragement not to fear the command line as the group requires.

Dan has been working as a software developer for a decade and makes websites with his wife at Adams-Jacobson Communications Design. He writes for The Daily WTF, blogs at, and loves sharing the things he learns about web dev with his fellow WordPress fans.

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  • Kevin F.

    I thought the presentation was great! Definitely not geared towards beginners, but I thought the meetup description made that pretty clear.

    Does anyone with Drupal experience care to compare WP-CLI with Drush? (and no, I'm not trying to start a flame war either!)

    August 30, 2014

  • Theresa M.

    This was my first WordPress Meetup Group. I did learn one thing--this group has three sub-groups:
    1. Beginners,
    2. Users, and
    3. Developers.
    I'm a user, this was for developers.

    Perhaps more info in the description, or clearer info on the home page would ensure maximum benefit for presenters and for the other 1.3k+ group members deciding which Meetups to attend. This too was wayyy over my head. I mean I get it, but I don’t need this level of control at this point in managing my WordPress sites. When asked if we had command line experience, I raised my hand, I’ve used DOS (yes I’m that old), used the Run command on Windows, and I have a Linux desktop, but I’ve never even used it for WP and don’t really need to, GUI works just fine (not intended to start a flame war, just my experience).

    But gosh-darn, Dan Adams-Jacobson is one of the most enthusiastic presenters I’ve seen. I really want to like WP-CLI, I really do.

    August 29, 2014

    • Jerry W.

      Actually, Theresa. If you used DOS, you have advantages to learn Terminal / Shell command line than those who learn computer from GUI only. I am speaking from my experience, because I used many different version of DOS indeed. And those experience helped me a lot in learning Linux command line.

      WP-CLi is great, for the right job in right place. If just do one of two Wordpress installation, forget about it.

      August 29, 2014

  • Anthony M.

    thanks for organizing the event. question - are we allowed to bring our own BEvERages to the meetings ??

    August 29, 2014

  • Jessica

    Sorry I left early. This was too advanced for me.

    August 29, 2014

  • David C.

    Hi how do we get in?

    August 28, 2014

  • Kimberly B.

    Me too :(. Wish I could make it. I'd like to migrate a wordpress site now actually.

    August 28, 2014

  • Yang

    Really wanna go, but tight up on the current work at hand. Very sorry...

    August 28, 2014

  • David C.

    Will be there 630. Thanks! Should we bring a laptop?

    August 28, 2014

    • Dan A.

      Not required, though if you have a local WordPress install and WP-CLI, you could follow along. See you there!

      1 · August 28, 2014

    • David C.

      Thanks Dan

      August 28, 2014

  • Gary A.

    I, unfortunately, can't make it. It sounds like one of the more interesting talks too. :(

    August 28, 2014

  • Zaidah Martin G.

    Hi There,
    I am grateful to have had a spot but something has come up and I'm unable to attend.

    August 28, 2014

  • Willow

    Hope I can come!

    August 28, 2014

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