PHP - Deploying a WordPress application


When a PHP application is deployed, we’re looking if the wp-settings.php file is present on the root folder of your app.

During the deployment process you’ll see the following output, mentioning that the framework has correctly been detected.

-----> Detected WordPress
-----> Setting up WordPress


By default WordPress do not use configuration file. To add environment variable support you must edit the wp-config.php file to listen to the DATABASE_URL environment variable.


$mysql_url = parse_url($_ENV["DATABASE_URL"]);
$db = substr($mysql_url['path'], 1);

define('DB_NAME', $db);
define('DB_USER', $mysql_url['user']);
define('DB_PASSWORD', $mysql_url['pass']);
define('DB_HOST', $mysql_url['host'] . ":" . $mysql_url['port']);

You must do the same things for all your salts and key. We recommend using a common environment variable and set it to a random string. So you must adapt your wp-config.php to use this variable.

$key = $_ENV["SECURE_KEY"];
define('AUTH_KEY',         $key);
define('SECURE_AUTH_KEY',  $key);
define('LOGGED_IN_KEY',    $key);
define('NONCE_KEY',        $key);
define('AUTH_SALT',        $key);
define('SECURE_AUTH_SALT', $key);
define('LOGGED_IN_SALT',   $key);
define('NONCE_SALT',       $key);

The only thing left is to define the SECURE_KEY from the dashboard or by using our CLI:

scalingo -a myapp env-set SECURE_KEY A_RANDOM_TOKEN_HERE

You can generate a random token with the command: openssl rand -hex 32


By default, WordPress tries to detect if the website is reached with HTTPS, however in an environment like Scalingo, applications are behind a routing layer which acts as proxy, so by default WordPress won’t detect it.

To fix this problem, you need to add the following in your wp-config.php file (official documentation):

    $_SERVER['HTTPS'] = 'on';

Thanks to this snippet, WordPress will look at the HTTP header X-Forwarded-Proto set by our router to ‘http’ or ‘https’ whether the website is access with HTTP or HTTPS, have a look at our routing documentation for more information about this header.

Plugins and updates

Since the container filesystem is volatile, plugins and addon should be installed and updated within your git repository and never via the web interface. You must de-activate autoupdate of all your WordPress components.

To do that just add the following line to your wp-config.php



The container filesystem is volatile and not synchronised through all your instances. So the uploads should not be stored on the filesystem itself. We recommend using an external service like the Amazon service: AWS S3 to store them.

You may want to have a look at a plugin such as S3 Uploads to ease the storage of your uploads on S3. As usual, this plugin must be downloaded locally and pushed to our git repository, never via the web interface.

schedule 28 Jul 2016