Set-up WordPress locally on Your Computer

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Why would you download WordPress?

When you use a tool like “Local” to create WordPress websites on your computer, without the need for an Internet connection or online server, you create the perfect environment to develop and test websites. No longer do you have to set up the website on a remote server, instead you can more conveniently work without an Internet connection.

Local is also an excellent tool for those people living with unreliable Internet connections, which severely reduce time spent working, or those who travel, and want the opportunity to work on their websites when the Internet is not available.

A useful tool like this sounds expensive but the beautiful thing about “Local” is that it is free. Yes, there is a professional version with additional features, but quite honestly, unless you are a professional developer, you will get by perfectly well with the Free version.

Stage 1 – Downloading “Local

You will find “Local” at https://localwp.com/ Simply go to that page. Scroll down the page and you will see a button that says, “GET STARTED.” Do not click on that button, instead, click on the words, “Or Download for Free” to the right of the button. This will open a popup that says, “Download Local.” Underneath you are asked to choose your platform. You can choose from:-

1.   Mac

2.   Windows

3.   Linux – Debian Based (Ubuntu, etc).

4.   Linux – RPM Based (Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, etc).

Make your selection and a new pop-up will appear, which will ask for your First Name, Last Name, Work Email, and Phone Number. Fill in that information and then click on “GET IT NOW.” The download will commence automatically. The download is approximately 240-250 mb. Once it is complete, Open the File. The set-up will commence and you will choose where you want to install it. It will automatically install the software and any redistributables from Microsoft that are required. Once it is completed. Press “Finish” and it will end the installation and run the application.

This application is just so simple. There have been products that would allow local WordPress websites before,, but quite frankly, they were just so complicated. Local is really so much easier.

Stage 2 – First Time Use

When the application opens it will display terms of service, which you should agree to. Just close up any pop-ups that promote new addons, and you will be left with a page that says “Looks like you haven’t created any sites yet!” 

Click on “Create a New Site.” Next, you will be asked to enter the site’s name. Underneath that space is a link to ADVANCED OPTIONS. Click on “advanced options” and it shows you information about the site you are creating, including the URL of the site when created. Say for example you had called the site “Test1” then the URL would be “Test1.local” Once you have created the site, just type Test1.local into the browser and you will immediately open your site. How simple is that? There is also an option here to create a template site that will remember the theme, plugins, and features of a site you create, and it will be available to reuse with just one press of a button later. For now, we will close the Advanced options and then press “Continue.”

Next, you have two options, “Preferred” and “Custom.” Custom gives you the option to play around with some technical specs, which are not necessary for now, so we will choose “Preferred.”

Next, you will be asked for three pieces of information”-

1.   WordPress username

2.   WordPress Password

3.   WordPress Email

The email allows you to recover lost usernames and passwords so it is best to complete this. Underneath there is a dropdown where you can select multisite. We will not select that this time. So we simply press the button “Add Site.” The application will set up the WordPress Website for you. It may take a few moments, and you may have to accept some security challenges. 

Be patient, it does take time, but eventually, it will display the information about your website, with the chosen name at the top. You will see here that it has even added an SSL workaround called TRUST. There are two buttons on the right, “ADMIN” and “OPEN SITE.”

Press “Admin” and a browser window will open displaying your website admin panel login. Enter the username and password selected earlier and log in to your WordPress Dashboard.

Go back to the application and this time press “Open Site” and your website will open in the browser.

Stage 3 – Using Local

Once you have your WordPress website set up on your computer, you use the dashboard just as you would when working with an online website. It does not matter that there is no Internet connection when working. 

Your website will only work when “Local” is running. When you return to your website open “Local” and select the website you want to work on from the list on the left. That will open the overview page for your website. Look at the top right corner and click on “Start Site.” Your website and Dashboard will once again be running, and you can use the links on the overview page to open them.

You may be wondering how you can upload the website to your host online when you are ready to make it live. If you are hosting your website with Flywheel or WP-Engine then this is all built into the app, but do not worry if you host the site elsewhere. Simply install Migrate Guru plugin onto the “Local” website and the remote server, and this plugin will enable the transfer between the two sites.

Final Thought

I think that you will agree how useful this tool will be. I just love the simplicity of the site and how well it works. I also love the fact that it is free of charge, and you cannot get better value than that. This is an excellent product that I know you will just love.

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