“Mobile” WordPress Sandboxing
With both Jessie and Jim being sick this weekend, I decided that it would be as good a time as ever to update my test WordPress installs so I could work on updating my themes for 2.7 as well as make sure there’s backward compatibility for previous versions of WordPress.
A while back, Jeremy Flint had posted about how he created his WordPress sandbox using Super Satellite’s WP Content Framework. Basically, you can take any empty WordPress blog and instantly fill it with content similar to that seen on the WordPress Themes preview pages. It comes with pages and sub-pages, categories and sub-categories. There are comments and formatting elements. This is especially handy for those of us who develop or want to update a WordPress theme to ensure that all elements are formatted properly.
I decided to take this a step further and want to have a WordPress test site for each of the last 3 or 4 major version releases. Rather than keep installing on my server, I decided to make it portable.
I love love LOVE portable apps!
I hopped on over to the MoWeS site and created a fresh install of Apache2, MySQL5, PHP5, PHPMyAdmin, and WordPress — it currently has WP 2.6.1, which is fine because you can get any version you want from the WordPress release archive! Once the package is compiled and downloaded, then installed, simply run the mini web server then add more WordPress installs as needed.
To populate your WordPress install, download the framework file from Super Satellite and import into your WordPress install.
Note: In WP 2.7, go to Tools, Import. For 2.6 or earlier, go to Manage, Import.
Choose the WordPress import option. It works so far for 2.5, 2.6, and 2.7 here. I plan on adding 2.1 and 2.3 later tonight.
Once I have everything set up just the way I like it, I copy everything to my handy-dandy thumbdrive and ‘Voila!’ — a “mobile” portable set of test environments for my theme designing and general muck-abouts and funnery.