WordPress development and production servers done right

# Create/start a development environment
$ trellis up

# Provision a remote server
$ trellis provision production

# Deploy WordPress site
$ trellis deploy production example.com
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Vagrant virtual machine for development

Trellis uses Vagrant to automatically create a self-contained virtual machine. Stop cluttering up your host machine with software like MAMP and use the same software you would in production.

Complete WordPress server

You’ll get a complete WordPress server running all the software you need configured according to the best practices. All of this is powered by Ansible for configuration management. You don’t have to use brittle and confusing Bash scripts or worry about commands you found to copy and paste.

Provision a remote server and deploy to it with a single command

Trellis is all about development & production parity. What does this mean? Your development virtual machine and your production are as similar as possible.

This gives the confidence to know that if your WordPress site works in development, it will also work in production and you can deploy with confidence.

Zero-downtime WordPress deployments

Trellis does atomic deploys where the server will git clone the latest codebase, create a new timestamped release folder, run composer install, and then update the current symlink to the latest release. Your webserver will always be serving the latest code on each deployment.

CLI for easier management

trellis-cli provides a command-line interface (CLI) to manage Trellis projects via the `trellis` command with features including: smart autocompletion, automatic Virtualenv integration for easier dependency management, easy DigitalOcean droplet creation, better Ansible Vault support for encrypting files, and more.

What others say

Benjamin Jackson

Can’t believe I have gone without Trellis this long, stoked to get a LEMP stack up and running with a dummy domain under 10 minutes.

Benjamin Jackson

Jeremy Bunting

Setting up WordPress infrastructure always felt like I was being punished. Trellis has solved that problem.

Jeremy Bunting

James DiGioia

I’ve been using Trellis for a while with a lot of success. All my sites are hosted on DigitalOcean, so using Trellis + DO means I have perfect parity between my dev and production environments.

James DiGioia

John Arundel

If you’re doing WordPress—and if so, my thoughts are with you—then check out Trellis, a config-managed LEMP stack.

John Arundel

Why Trellis, not MAMP or VVV?

If you have to pass off a project to someone else, it’s way easier just to say “here is a repository, it contains all of the configuration necessary to get a Vagrant virtual machine up and running with one command”

Compare Trellis with MAMP

Compare Trellis with VVV

What else does Trellis give you?

Modern LEMP stack

Trellis runs on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal LTS based servers and installs the following software:

  • Nginx
  • MariaDB (MySQL drop-in replacement)
  • PHP 8.1 (+ extensions)
  • Composer
  • WP-CLI
  • sSMTP
  • Memcached
  • Fail2ban
  • ferm (firewall)
  • Mailhog

A+ SSL support

Our SSL implementation scores an A+ on the Qualys SSL Labs Test. Automatic Let’t Encrypt integration for a free SSL certificate. Trellis gives you the best HTTPS configuration with performance optimizations that include:

  • HTTP/2
  • OCSP stapling
  • Strict Transport Security (HSTS) & redirects
  • Strong SSL params (Diffie-Hellman key exchange)
  • Performance tuning

Learn more about SSL in Trellis

SSH keys

Trellis manages your SSH keys so users can easily and securely connect to servers and deploy.

Just configure your usernames and tell Trellis to load local SSH key files or provide a GitHub username and it will automatically add all your public keys.

Learn more about SSH keys in Trellis

Nginx micro-caching

Get the benefits of caching without the hassle of cache invalidation.

Nginx FastCGI “micro” caching can be configured with a toggle and an optional timeframe. Your WordPress site can be “Reddit proof” just by having a 5 second cache.

Learn more about FastCGI caching in Trellis

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