I’ve had that time of my life again when I would spend complete hours fiddling around to get 1 solution working. In fact, that has used me more pomodoro timers. It’s that time again when you just simply burn yourself out, for an answer so obvious.
But setting that aside, I’ve had a challenge finding out how to migrate a WordPress website out of Local by Flywheel.
You might’ve read this post on Flywheel mentioning that they don’t allow certain plugins for backup, like ‘Backup Buddy’, among others. However, they are speaking of installing this as a registered member of Flywheelsites, not our Local by Flywheel.
I’ve accidentally dipped into a problem without noticing this, and hopefully I can solve this for you.
The scope of the problem
You may realise that your migration plugins like ‘All in One Migration’, ‘Duplicator’, ‘Backup Buddy’, etc. are not working. That these plugins seem to do well but give out a 503 server error whilst migrating on a remote destination, or just cannot complete properly in Local Flywheel itself.
The solution to fix your migration plugins will be to do the following:
- Visit your Local Site’s installation directory
- You can do this by visiting the Local Flywheel app’s Dashboard, right-clicking your Site’s name, and clicking ‘Reveal in Finder’
- Next, drill down to the file1[project]/conf/php/[version]/php.ini
- Search for1max_execution_time
- This may be set by default to1300
- Please set this to a higher value, likeseems to be a good number1600
- Finally, run the migration process again
If you ever experience a problem whilst following this guide, please feel free to brief in the comments below.
Local by Flywheel is a great product, and it is the way to go in terms of WordPress development using containers, without all that hassle!
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