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Can Plugins Interfere With Wordpress Website Pushes?

12:59 am on Jan 24, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Hey all,

Me and the company I'm working for has run into a bit of a predicament when it comes to pushing one particular website. We've given a client of ours access to the staging site so they can add events and content and push without me or my boss needing to intervene when they need a push. However, there's been an issue as of lately that prevents any kind of push from succeeding.

A month ago our client came to us to report an issue with the pushing functionality. What had appeared to have happened was that every time a staging site is pushed live, a backup is created in case you need to roll back. Repeated pushes will make these backups (3 gb a piece) take up space in our account and rapidly close in on the 30 gb limit our account has. This prevented the staging site from being pushed live, and caused the push to fail because the backup couldn't be created with such little space remaining. What we ended up having to do was delete the backups that had accumulated, thus allowing the push again.

Fast forward to today, the same thing ended up happening as a month or so ago. Client tries to push, can't because disk is too full. So I go in and delete the backups like last time to make space, and it ends up getting stuck yet again at the same backup creation process despite there being ample space on the disk. Something clearly is amiss here, so I immediately went to Siteground support to figure out what was going on. After a lengthy discussion with support, they told me that there was some kind of a plugin issue that was breaking the push function. "tar: wp-content: file changed as we read it" is the error the tech told me he received, which basically says a plugin was supposedly updating information to the live site while the push was occurring, creating a discrepancy in wp-content that cancelled the push.

I'm not entirely certain what kind of plugin would cause this error and was hoping that some of you would have some more insight as to what could be the culprit, but earlier today I found something that might be a clue. We're using The Events Calendar PRO for our site, and earlier someone seemed to update it on the live site according to the log, which for some reason ended up breaking the site. I disabled the plugin to bring the site back online, thinking that plugin could cause an issue with the pushing, but it ended up not helping matters at all when I disabled it on the staging site and tried to push. So now that I have it narrowed down to a potential plugin issue, has anyone on this forum had issues like this with plugins interfering with staging sites and pushing?

Plugin list
Activity Log
Advanced Custom Fields
Advanced Post Manager
Askimet AntiSpam
Cognito Forms
Custom CSS and Javascript
Custom Facebook Feed
Custom Sidebars
Custom Twitter Feeds
Custom User Profile Photo
Download Manager
Duplicate Post
Envato Market
FareHarbor Reservation Calendars
Featured Video Plus
Feeder Ninja feeds
Flickr Badges Widget
Gameplan- Member
Gameplan- Portfolio
Gameplan- Shortcodes
Gameplan- Tribe- Addons
Google XML Sitemaps
Header and Footer Scripts
Hello Dolly
Html5 Audio Player
Instagram Feed
Instagram Slider Widget
Jetpack by WordPress.com
Logooos Wordpress Plugin
MailChimp for WordPress
MailChimp for WordPress- Top Bar
MailChimp User Sync
ManageWP- Worker
MOJO Marketplace
OptinMonster API
PDF Viewer
Popup Maker
Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin
SG Optimizer
Simple Sitemap
Slider Revolution
The Events Calendar
The Events Calendar PRO
Visual Form Builder
Widget Shortcode
WP All Export
WP Clone by WP Academy
WP Featherlight
WP Maintenance Mode
WPBakery Page Builder
WPForms Lite
WS Custom Login
1:32 am on Jan 24, 2019 (gmt 0)

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That's a hella long plugin list. Do you really need all of them? Plugins are WP's Achilles heel, and usually the code that breaks a site. Can you go in a diet?

And certainly plugins can kill your site. There can be plugin interactions that can make your site unstable.
4:07 am on Jan 24, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I would check that long list for any known vulnerabilities at the WP Vulnerabilities Database site: [wpvulndb.com...]

Plugins are listed alphabetically and with the version number and date so you'll know for certain if there is a known issue with any of those. That is quite a long list and as TorontoBoy mentioned, the first thing to check when anything is not working as expected.
6:50 pm on Jan 24, 2019 (gmt 0)

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From the WP Plugin Repository [wordpress.org]
WP Clone by WP Academy
Last updated: 2 years ago
This plugin hasnít been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

That plugin is not necessary even if it were being maintained. It's a site migration plugin, not a back up plugin. If you need something to back up your files, try UpDraft.

Go through your plugins list and consider removing anything that hasn't been updated in awhile.
Consider removing anything that is redundant (i.e. duplicates another function).
Remove any plugin you don't really need anymore or isn't used.

CAUTION: Create a snapshot of your site so you know it's present state. Do a crawl and keep a copy.
Before removing any plugin, back up your site so that you can restore it. That's why I like UpDraft. Usually with plugins, you can just reinstall if everything blows to hell after removing it.

Afterwards compare to crawl and check for unwanted anomalies, like an increase in pages, missing directives and so on.
7:44 pm on Jan 24, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Plugin list
Are those all plugins that you, personally, on your own site, use? It looks more like a list of all plugins ever created. And that's never a good sign, regardless of context.

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