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Using DeployBot on the Nexcess Platform

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April 23, 2020

DeployBot makes it easy to deploy code and adds structure making it easier for a team to deploy.

Getting the relevant information

The following information is needed to set up the DeployBot connection using SFTP. The pieces required are:

  • hostname

  • username

  • password or SSH key

All of this information is available on the Nexcess portal dashboard.

To use the SSH key authentication, select “SSH Keys” from the top right menu.

(For additional information on adding SSH keys, click here)

Set Up DeployBot

Create DeployBot account

Set up an account at DeployBot (if you don’t already have one) add a new repository. Since you’ll be setting the server path later, you can choose a specific theme, plugin, or selected folders inside the wp-content folder (using a .gitignore file).

Authorize GitHub account

Connect DeployBot to your GitHub (or BitBucket, or other service) account where the repository is hosted. 

Connect repository

Select the repository that you want to connect and enter the requested information.

Set deployment method

Under the “Files” subheading, select “SFTP” as the deployment method.

Enter the information we saved from the Nexcess dashboard. You could deploy a theme, plugin, or an entire site. 

For a plugin, the server path would look something like this: 


Confirm connection and deploy

When properly set up, the connection should display green. You can test a deploy by using the “deploy” button on the top left. Also, using the [deploy] tag inside of a commit message will trigger a deploy automatically. 

Additional documentation and guides:

Once you finish the deployment you know the connection is setup and all future deploys will be much easier. Happy shipping!

Patrick Rauland
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