VersionPress is a free and open-source plugin that brings the full power of Git to WordPress. Its key strength is that it version-controls not just files but also the database.
Key features include:
VersionPress automatically creates Git commits for both file and database changes, in natural language.
Plugins break, people make mistakes; sometimes, you just want that good old Undo button.
Git took the pain out of file merging; VersionPress does the same for WP database.
You can push to GitHub, your colleagues pull and make the site fully functional in seconds. MySQL is a cache.
VersionPress can store hundreds of full site snapshots to just a few megabytes.
We care about UX deeply. VersionPress should not be a low-level tool for geeks.
With that being said, VersionPress is not without its challenges. The two biggest are plugin compatibility and hosting requirements:
VersionPress needs to understand site's data and which actions can be taken. We're building a database of plugin definitions but right now, you'll likely need to write some yourself.
Shared hosts usually don't allow execution of external binaries via
proc_open, which VersionPress relies on. Partly a reason why we built better hosting as part of the process 😉.
These challenges will take some time to get sorted. That's why we also offer a more practical solution that is VersionPress.com – many of the same benefits in a cloud-hosted environment where we guarantee functionality.
How VersionPress compares to VersionPress.com staging?