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How Do I Update My Live Website from the Localhost?
After developing a WordPress template, I was able to transfer it from localhost to my live web server using Filezilla. Awesome!
Once it was up, though, I noticed some things I wanted to change. Rather than tweaking the code in the Editor option in the WordPress dashboard, I made all of the changes on the original localhost version of my website. At this point, I am ready to transfer the php files that I changed to the live site.
I'm not sure how to do this, though. I would assume I would use Filezilla again for the transfer. However, I don't need to transfer ALL of the WordPress information again, do I? Can I not just transfer the template folder?
When I opened Filezilla today to try it, I noticed that all of the PHP files on the localhost side showed a "last modified date" as the date I originally transferred the first version of the website, rather than today (the actual last date of modification).
Wow... so sorry that is kind of rambly. I'm in a situation where I need help, but I'm not 100% sure what I need help with. I just want to transfer a few updated files, and I don't know what that process looks like. Thanks!
William Whitworth6,117 Points
I usually back-up the current template files on my desktop by dragging and dropping the template file to my desktop through FTP. Also export the Wordpress database usually either a plugin or just phpMyAdmin (if you are using it).
Then I either upload the updated theme, the entire folder, or just the individual files within the theme that need to be updated. I use Coda or Fetch, but any FTP program works.
Don't upload the entire Wordpress installation, this will most likely cause problems, and take forever. Just the theme and its files.