WPSiteSync Shuts Down, Industrial Extensions Now Out there on GitHub – WP Tavern

By | June 11, 2022

Sarah Gooding
WPSiteSync, a content material syncing plugin from the staff behind DesktopServer, has discontinued help for its free, core plugin and industrial extensions. The plugin lets customers sync particular content material, akin to posts, pages, featured photos, and taxonomies, with out having emigrate the complete database. Industrial extensions allowed customers to sync issues like WooCommerce merchandise, Gutenberg blocks, EDD product info, customized submit sorts, Beaver Builder tasks, and extra.
It has been 9 months for the reason that WPSiteSync plugin was up to date and greater than a 12 months since a significant launch. After six years, the ServerPress staff has revealed an announcement explaining their causes for shutting down:
After numerous consideration and dialogue, we have now concluded that we are going to not be updating WPSiteSync and its Premium Extensions. This was a tough determination for us to make as we all know that lots of you depend on it as a way to improve your WordPress Workflow. The choice was made resulting from the truth that with every extension being depending on the code of the plugin that it helps, we couldn’t sustain with their adjustments as we enhanced our library, and albeit, there was not as a lot demand for it as we had hoped. Moreover, we discovered that our time supporting WPSiteSync took away from our potential to maneuver our flagship product, DesktopServer, ahead.
The ServerPress staff plans to combine a few of WPSiteSync’s performance into its DestopServer product and is making the present iteration of the plugin and all of its industrial extensions accessible free of charge on GitHub.
PublishPress founder Steve Burge, whose enterprise adopted an analogous monetization path, commented that WPSiteSync selected “an honorable and trustworthy method to finish the industrial lifetime of a WordPress plugin.” He stated his firm thought-about an analogous set of options “nevertheless it appeared as daunting as they describe.”
That is an honorable and trustworthy method to finish the industrial lifetime of a WordPress plugin: https://t.co/DQ1dKnjvMC

(We'd thought-about an analogous set of options for PublishPress, nevertheless it appeared as daunting as they describe)
The free core with industrial extensions enterprise mannequin can work nicely, however it will possibly additionally stretch a improvement staff skinny if they’re additionally chargeable for a flagship product on prime of sustaining such a various set of extensions. Maintaining with adjustments in Gutenberg, WooCommerce, Beaver Builder, EDD, and lots of different fast-moving plugins is an formidable endeavor. It’s simple to see how the help and upkeep of those extensions might turn out to be untenable.
“Simply for instance, the Superior Customized Fields extension would possibly take X variety of hours to code after which they could make one small change in the way it writes to the database after which our extension would lose its performance,” ServerPress Operations Director Marc Benzakein informed the Tavern. “This usually meant that as an alternative of frequently sticking with a manufacturing schedule, we must change our focus to help the ACF plugin. The extra plugins WPSiteSync supported, the extra untenable it grew to become and the extra man-hours it took to help it.”
Benzakein additionally stated another excuse ServerPress determined to not promote is as a result of they’re exploring the concept of approaching it from a extra manageable route, to have WPSiteSync options accessible as an integration into their different workflow software.
WPSiteSync has hovered at roughly 3,000 energetic installs for the previous two years. Placing the plugin and extensions on GitHub provides WPSiteSync and its extensions the chance to be forked and supported by a brand new staff with extra incentive and sources. Shutting down could also be disappointing for present customers and clients, however, after so lengthy with out updates, it’s higher that the software program is formally launched to the general public for an opportunity at new life.
Prospects who bought WPSiteSync’s “Premium Bundle” inside the final 30 days can request a refund.
“We are going to help our present clients so far as we are able to,” Benzakein stated. “By and huge the plugin and its extensions nonetheless work and the core plugin, which is obtainable on the repo, will seemingly proceed to work for a while as nicely.”
I’m probably not sorry to listen to this. WPSiteSync is definitely an attention-grabbing concept however as you level out it’s received to be powerful retaining monitor of frequent, main plugin adjustments. Syncing databases is awfully tough.
Maybe the ServerPress staff will put some effort into updating their rather more attention-grabbing (and in my view rather more helpful) DesktopServer app. It hasn’t been up to date in any respect since 2019, and there hasn’t been a big replace for for much longer.
I’ve lastly needed to make the change to Native by Flywheel. Native’s a high quality, workaday native surroundings, however DesktopServer Professional was all the time faster. I used it every day for greater than 10 years as my primary improvement and troubleshooting/rescue/restore platform.
I´ve been a DesktopServer Professional person for greater than 10 years as nicely, and I´m nonetheless utilizing it right now. So I’m joyful to know that ServerPress lastly determined to maneuver their primary product ahead. I imagine that it has been dormant for too lengthy, specifically it being a paid, premium product.
WPSiteSync has been a stable product. I do hope that somebody will fork it and not less than maintain the core plugin going. It’s very area of interest, however I’ve discovered it helpful in a number of conditions.
As for DesktopServer, they’ve stated an replace is coming and I’m excited for it. Hopefully PHP 8 is in there someplace!
Aww associates. This makes me unhappy. Makes me miss the OC WordPress Meetup and Dave J. Thanks for being superior.
I don’t suppose they’ll discontinue. Hopefully, they’ll return again with extra options and upgrades. Thanks for sharing these updates. Your articles put together us for the upcoming issues we must always anticipate.
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