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WordPress command line interface

Drush is an amazing tool to manage Drupal installation from the command line. The other day I was once more annoyed at the lack of such tool for dealing with WordPress, more specifically keeping a WordPress site up-to-date. I started coding and quickly I had a couple of useful commands. But then I stumbled upon WP-CLI

"a set of command-line tools for managing WordPress installations. You can update plugins, set up multisite installs and much more, without using a web browser."

Check the installation instructions at After that you can download wordpress like this:

wp core download

This will not yet set up the site. For that you can use

wp core config --dbname=your_db_name --dbuser=your_db_user --dbpass=your_db_pass

And possibly add e.g. --locale=nl_NL if you want a WordPress site in Dutch.

This is already quite nice but it gets much better when using wp-cli to write scripts for automation.
Here are some scripts to facilitate setting up new WordPress sites and to configure new and existing sites: