Woocommerce staging changes to live

If I choose to push changes of “Web Application files” only, leaving Database unchecked, the orders and user accounts in live site will not be harmed?

Are there any other considerations or gotchas to be wary of? My staging clone will have updated WP, plugins, theme, new and modified php snippets (in plugin), and changes to the user access method (from a Force Login plugin to a snippet that redirects not logged in users to WC My Account).

Does the .htaccess file also get copied over to live?

Finally, is there a better practice for Woocommerce live site updates than the push described above?

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It might be much safer to just replicate all changes you did from staging site to production site, step by step.