Many thanks to the 56 people who took our first user survey. We appreciate your time in helping us understand how WP-CLI is being adopted by the community.
By the numbers
Almost 3/4 of respondents use WP-CLI actively
53% use WP-CLI multiple times per day, 20% use it a couple or few times per week, and 26% use it infrequently or rarely. 46% of respondents use WP-CLI interactively at the command line, 34% have incorporated it into bash scripts, and 18% are using WP-CLI with Puppet, Chef, or another provisioning system.
WP-CLI is largely used to install and update
Even with its variety of commands, WP-CLI is largely used to install and update. 37.5% of respondents reported using WP-CLI to install WordPress (with 30.36% using it to update WordPress), and 32.14% reported using it to update plugins and themes.
After code management, WP-CLI is popularly used (23.21%) to perform migrations. Respondents reported using
wp db export and
wp db import in conjunction with
wp search-replace, or
wp export and
A subset of respondents reported using WP-CLI to perform specialized tasks, including:
- Creating users with
wp user createand
wp user import-csv.
- Deleting options.
- Resizing images.
- Creating posts / pages.
- Quick code execution via
wp eval-file, and
- Writing custom commands.
Only 38% have used community packages
WP-CLI now has 24 community packages listed in its Package Index. A good 62% percent of respondents will have the good fortune in the future to discover a helpful community package.
Remotely manage WordPress instances
The most common thread amongst respondents is the desire to run WP-CLI commands in one place across multiple machines. Depending on what you have access to, there are a couple of current ways to do this:
- If you have SSH access, X-Team’s WP-CLI SSH uses your SSH connection to run WP-CLI commands on a remote machine.
- The WP Remote CLI project proxies a subset of WP-CLI commands through WP Remote.
A substantial number of users requested better examples for the website. Let this be a call for contributions! Because all of the command docs are generated from the source code, adding examples or clarifying usage notes is just a pull request away.
Alternatively, you can share your shell tips, or contribute a blog post on how you’ve integrated WP-CLI into your workflow.
Grab bag of enhancements
If you have time to put together a pull request or community package, here’s a short list of requested enhancements:
- Git awareness: have plugin/core updates result in git commits (with automatically-generated messages).
- Yum integration for
yum install wp-cli,
yum update wp-cli.
- Faster algorithm for the search-replace command when dealing with large databases.
- Manage file and folder permissions for WordPress installs.
- Reset all users passwords.
- “Break in Windows less.”
WP-CLI commands to prepare meals
A good 7% of you think WP-CLI is capable of making your meals, asking for it to “make breakfast”, “make coffee ;-)”, or “dishes?”. While we can’t make any promises, we’ll continue to think about WP-CLI over breakfast and see if we get inspired.