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Push to Flywheel Staging

I was wondering if there is a way to push local to Flywheel staging?

At this time there isn’t that option.

You can push to a demo site, but that won’t get you to a point where you can push a staging site to production.

– Ben


Thanks Ben! Any word on if that is on the roadmap?

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It’s not on the immediate horizon, but we are going to be reworking how staging works so that it is a better overall experience. When we get to that point, the Local -> staging connection will be a part of that improvement.

– Ben


+1 for this feature

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I just started using Flywheels services and just noticed that Local not have the option to push to staging? I am so used to working in which i go from dev->staging->production . What is the advantage of not being able to push directly to staging?

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I totally agree with your workflow but, since Flywheel only offers Staging and Production…their Staging phase is the only option for QA/UAT and client review. We’ve been using a work-around of creating a new “Test” instance in Flywheel. Then uncouple Local from the Test instance and then push to Production once approved.

+1 for adding this function; I’m unclear on why moving to staging from Local is not available? My first client has limited time to view changes to their site that’s being developed within Local, and my machine is not always on, so they can not see the changes despite having the Local Live link :frowning:

If anyone has a work around or can help me figure out how to migrate to a staging site on Flywheel from Local I’d be delighted to hear it.

Many thanks,
Graham - a WP/Flywheel newbie!

There isn’t any advantage to doing things this way. I definitely agree that it’s a pain point. It’s just that these products (Local and Staging) were developed independently from each other, each without the other in mind.

Integrating them isn’t as simple as it sounds because neither has any existing affordances for the other.

– Ben

See my message above:

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Hi Ben,
As a new user of Flywheel (and Local) as well as WP I’ve much to learn, and appreciate your clarification on how independent the two products are.

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+1 for this feature! My workflow is dev > staging > live. It’s frustrating that I can’t submit changes to the staging site from local. Any thoughts when something like this might be available?

Looks like this will be a paid feature only

I would just like to express my distaste for this being a teams only option. One of the key selling points for going with flywheel in the first place as a hosting provider was a staging site option. I don’t see any reason that we wouldn’t be able to push to staging from flywheel local as part of the hosting except for a money grab and thorn in the customers side.

I understand that there has to be incremental value to incentivize people to buy the paid version of flywheel local, but I don’t think this is the feature to drive that decision. The staging workflow is a key selling point of your hosting and shouldn’t be restricted.

Being able to configure permissions such that only certain people on a team can push to staging and some to production is a good place to draw the line because that’s an enterprise feature. Basic publishing workflow that your advertising as part of your hosting package but isn’t really there is just deceptive…


Completely agree

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I agree with tnhsaesop.

When purchasing a freelance account, I just assumed that I would be able to push to a staging container from the Local app while not interfering with the live site. I was disappointed today to find out that I would have to migrate to a staging site manually.

$50/month is steep if you’re a team of one.


Also agree with tnhsaesop. I’ve also paid for a Freelance account and think its unrealistic to expect to upsell a sole trader a ‘team’ orientated version of local by including 1 workflow feature that has nothing to do with working within a team.

If they do persist, this will sorely test my loyalty to flywheel.


Hey all! We’re totally working on an individual “Pro” option. More to come in July :slight_smile:

Just spent a month working on a site on Local assuming I could easily push it to staging. :disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed::disappointed:

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Hey @separo - Welcome to the community!

While pushing to a staging site isn’t a part of the community version, you can always push to a demo site if you are wanting to have a temporary place to share a stable version of a site during the QA process.