How to use WP-CLI tools?

It is often very useful to manage your WordPress site with command line tools. WP-CLI is created just for that purpose. You first need to connect to the server via SSH to use WP-CLI tools. Read here more about how to connect to your site with SSH.

Commonly used WP-CLI commands::

$ wp plugin list
# Prints all plugins...

You can deactivate any plugin like this:

$ wp plugin deactivate awesome-plugin
Plugin 'awesome-plugin' deactivated.
Success: Deactivated 1 of 1 plugins.

Activate another theme:

$ wp theme activate twentynineteen
Success: Switched to 'Twenty Nineteen' theme.

Print all users on your site:

$ wp user list
Prints all users...

Print all admin users on your site:

$ wp user list --role=administrator
Prints all admin users...

Change password for user with user email address:

$ wp user update --user_pass=NewPassword
Success: Updated user 7.

Sometimes you might need to replace some changed info (email address for example) to new one to your sites database. You can use this search-replace command:

$ wp search-replace '' '' --all-tables
# tip: you can test your command by adding this to the end --dry-run

Custom WP-CLI commands at Seravo

We have created some of our own WP-CLI commands for our servers. Here are some of the most commonly used ones:

We take backups of all our sites every night. But it is often very useful to take a backup when you start modifying your site. You can take a backup with this command:

$ wp-backup
--> Backup completed
Successfully backed up 323 MB of data.

Tests can be run from command line:

$ wp-test
Time: 9.76 seconds, Memory: 12.00MB
I: Finished running wp-test-ng

After modifying your site it might be necessary to empty cache. You can do it like this:

$ wp-purge-cache
--> Purging Nginx page cache... 
Cache purged successfully for example_12345.
--> Purging WordPress object cache...
Success: The cache was flushed.
--> Flush WordPress rewrites...
Success: Rewrite rules flushed.
--> Flush the entire Redis cache (includes Nginx PageSpeed cache etc)...
--> Success

Read more about Seravo custom WP-CLI commands from our developer documentation. Other useful links: and WordPress developer documentation.

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