Production-ready Cloud9 + WordPress Development

Hopefully you, like many, are using or have at least tried Cloud9. If you have, you’ve probably liked it and thought it was pretty nifty, but maybe are not yet prepared to use it for developing a serious project and migrating the result to production from there.

If you haven’t tried C9, then you may want to consider doing so. It’s a very handy tool that you can use for just about all forms of web development, and it’s been getting better and better. It is not only the epitome of convenience, but also something that I believe will help us all become more “adaptive” developers. We’ll be able to set up environments and get comfortable quickly instead of having to configure our own computer which will one day be reformatted or replaced.

Convenience and theoretical personal enrichment aside, can we use C9 for serious?

I was tasked with coming to a conclusion on whether to trust C9 for a not-exactly-multisite WordPress development in my office. I was to make sure that everything we’d need to do could be done simply before I gave it the all clear.

I’ve recorded some noteworthies and solutions to necessary non-trivial tasks below.

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Rapid Deployment with Git (Insecure)

Warning: The technique illustrated in this walkthrough is insecure. I’ve created a revised version without this problem, but am leaving this post here for awareness. Read this article and my comments immediately below to learn about the security problem and avoid it in your future work, and don’t hesitate to ask me anything if you’re unsure about the problem.

This walkthrough assumes you have an existing project and Git repository, and that you want to set up easy and quick remote deployment – maybe to a web server.

This technique can be used for any project where you’re comfortable with simply pushing updates to a location and seeing them immediately active.

This works great for code bases like the one for this blog or any basic website you may be managing. However with larger projects that need automated testing and CI, etcetera, it may not be sufficient.

If this suits your needs, you’ll save a whole heap of time whenever you need to update a destination with your changes.

The final assumptions are that Git is installed and usable at the destination (if it’s not, you can easily add it following this guide), and that you won’t actually be coding or making any direct changes at the destination. Instead we’ll push in any changes and trust me, when you see how easy it is, you won’t need to make on-the-server/spot changes ever again – even for hotfixes and tiny bugs.

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Thinkun Wins Communicator Awards

A whole lot of hard work with GoGet and their brand new, fully responsive website has been recognised on an international level. We won gold in the business category for mobile websites, and silver in two other highly competitive areas.

You can find Thinkun’s entries on the Communicator Awards Website and Mobile awards lists.