Using SASS in Coda with WordPress on a remote server
I’ve been searching for a very long time for a solution to use SASS with Coda.
Actually, with a free plugin from Panic’s website: (https://panic.com/coda/plugins.php?id=101) I’ve been able to use SASS directly in my code editor of choice, Coda.
However, due to the nature of how the SASS compiler works, it forces you to use a local development workflow as it is only capable of saving to a local directory.
This sucks for me as I tend to work on remote servers constantly especially when I am working with WordPress. It’s just not feasible for me to have a ton of different WordPress installs setup on my Mac.
Actually, I can and do have multiple installs using WordPress Multi Site but I don’t really want to have all of my sites, plus all of my clients sites running on my personal Mac.
So for that reason, I have been resigned to not use SASS on WordPress installs just because it’s a pain in the ass to constantly upload an extra file from my desktop; up to the server over and over again while checking in a browser each time I make a change.
Enter the Swiss Army Tool called Hazel
Now, I’ve had a tool installed on my Mac for several years called Hazel. Hazel is a sort of “Automator on Steroids” but I’ve never really thought about using it for this type of thing until recently. Download Hazel by Noodlesoft here: (https://www.noodlesoft.com)
You can buy Hazel for only $32 and it is totally worth it, as it is one of the most powerful tools I have on my Mac. It can do so many things. Things I had not even thought of, like this.
I finally got fed up with not having SASS on my WordPress sites, so I set out to find a way to make it happen.
In the end, Hazel actually has a great built-in capability to watch a folder and then do something based on different criteria like modified dates, etc…
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So that is where I began and I quickly learned that Hazel now offers the ability to upload files to remote web servers through ftp, ssh, and sftp.
Houston, we have launch!
Bingo! This was the last piece of the puzzle and with this setup, I now edit one file on my local setup (the default style.css for WordPress) and then it automatically duplicates it as a preprocessed CSS file (using the aforementioned SASS plugin) and then Hazel handles the uploading automatically to my desired web server.
Thus, I can now easily use SASS with my remote WordPress installs and everything is just peachy. It’s fast, and works great without much lag or processor cycles on my machine.
As a bonus, I’ve set up an additional rule to upload the .scss (SASS File) as well. So both are uploaded and stored on my server, so even if I access the server from somewhere else, I still have access to the SASS file which is a huge plus.