Local Pro and Local for Teams make use of our one-of-a-kind MagicSync deployment technology. It’s pretty slick, but since it can seem like magic (hence the name), we have a quick summary of how it works below!
The core benefit of using MagicSync is that only files that have changed will be displayed when to be moving between environments. The MagicSync Viewer provides a clear view of what files are different, along with easy controls for ignoring certain files from being moved.
In addition to MagicSync allowing you to control exactly what is deployed, using Connect does more for your deployment process:
When using MagicSync to push or pull a site, there are three main steps that Local will do before showing the Viewer.
Local only compares modification times of files within the file list and not the actual contents of those files. If you find yourself needing to manage and merge changes more granularly than at the file level, you might consider using a dedicated version control tool like Git.
The “all modified files” option can be thought of as a “force overwrite” of the target site by the source site. This is regardless of the modification times that Local finds when comparing the file list of the server and the local site.
So for example, if I’m pushing a local site up to Flywheel’s servers, Local will compare the two file lists, one for the local site and one for the server. It will then generate instructions to:
Notice in this screenshot, the
robots.txt file is older on the Local site, but because the “All modified files” option is selected, it is still going to overwrite the remote site.
If we compare the above image with the “only newer files” option, we see that the files that are older on the Local site, do not show up as available to be pushed:
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