WPEngine changes file timestamps. This breaks LocalWP workflow.
My workflow is pretty normal:
- Develop on local machine.
- Using LocalWP, I push to staging on WPEngine
- After confirming everything works, I use the WPEngine “Copy Environment” feature to push into production.
- Some time later, if I need to work on the site, then I use LocalWP to pull it from Production.
Here’s the problem
When using the WPEngine “Copy Environment” feature to copy from staging to production, all file timestamps get destroyed. So, now when I use Local to download the site from production, it wants to copy everything down (nearly 0.8 GB of files) since the timestamps do not match.
So… what is the proper workflow if you need to update your local copy from a site that previously used “Copy Environment” on WPEngine?