If you’re a developer, designer, or plugin or theme creator, it can be much more efficient for site development to install WordPress locally. In-fact, I’ve listened to countless presentations by developers at WordCamps explaining how important it is to have a local copy of WordPress installed for development purposes. But, having a local copy of WordPress (and possibly a staging and production copy) can triple your installation work. Follow these simple steps to install WordPress locally in a snap!
What you’ll need
- Computer running Windows or Mac OS (no Linux yet)
- A downloaded copy of DesktopServer Limited (free) from ServerPress
Approximate completion time
Step-by-step instructions to install WordPress locally
After downloading DesktopServer, go to your downloads folder and double-click the DesktopServer installation icon. Follow the on-screen installation instructions.
Once ServerPress installation is finished, you’ll receive a completion message.
Allow administrative rights
Start MySQL and Apache
Accept windows permission requests
Continue to create local development site
Create your development site
Finish local site creation and get admin URL
You now know how to install WordPress locally in a snap!
And there it is, your local development site setup and ready to rock! That wasn’t so bad right? Questions? Leave them below.