For anyone looking to start a blog or website, WordPress can be an extremely effective tool. However, having an unfinished website that is available to the public can present problems, specifically when it comes to the development process. That is when the importance of installing WordPress locally comes into play.
In this piece, we will present the steps you need to take to effectively install WordPress locally.
Getting and Installing XAMPP
To most easily install WordPress locally, it would be a good idea to install XAMPP first. With XAMPP, you will get an operational PHP processor (crucial to running WordPress), a working database system in MySQL, and a working web server in Apache.
To get XAMPP, you will first need to go to the download page. It is important to note that the download package is more than 100MB, so be prepared to wait for a little while. Next, you will want to start up the XAMPP installer and simply follow the instructions from there (this following part mostly just necessitates you clicking on “Next.”)
As an important note, it is possible that you will get asked during the installation procedure to permit the server’s components to bypass the system firewall. You may be hesitant to do this due to the security implications, but this is absolutely a required step to get the server to properly function.
Installing WordPress Locally
Next, you will need to go about the process of actually installing WordPress locally. To do this, you will need to download the most current WordPress installer.
Once you fire up the installer package, click “Next.” After this, you will need to fill out some Admin account information such as your real name, username, and email. You can leave the database password section blank, but for the application password, simply type in your WordPress dashboard password. Then, if you so choose, you can uncheck the option to install WordPress in the cloud.
The installation process will begin and, once it is finished, you can find your website on http://localhost/wordpress or you can log in by going to http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin.
Exporting to the Live Setup
Once you complete the WordPress installation process, you can now begin effectively working on your website locally and then go about exporting it to the live setup once you are all finished.
To export to the live setup, you can use what is known as the All-in-One WordPress Migration plugin. As soon as it is activated, go to your WordPress Dashboard then to All-in-One Migration and then finally to Export.
Once there (and this is a nice added feature), you can search and replace specific texts in the database. For instance, you can find every single example of your local IP and switch it with your live domain. Pretty cool, right?
The last step of exporting to the live setup is choosing where exactly you want the site to be exported, whether it be through File, FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive (most people just choose File). Then, you simply take the export file and go to the import part of the plugin after you install the All-in-One Migration plugin on your live site.
And that pretty much concludes the process of installing WordPress locally.
The Benefits of Installing WordPress Locally
So, now that you know how to install WordPress locally, you are probably asking yourself, “Why do I need to do this to begin with?” Well, there are a whole host of benefits that come with downloading WordPress locally, particularly as they relate to the blog or website development process.
For one, you do not need to upload files by any other means, since they are all on your computer. Also, if any mistakes happen during the development process, you can simply restart the database and the server and start over again.
It also does not hurt to immediately see the end product of your work as well as to be able to construct your site so that all changes are completely hidden from the outside world.
Finally, before ultimately rolling out the live site, you will be able to make the necessary checks to ensure that everything is working properly.
As a blog or website designer, you want to create the best product that you possibly can. But that process can take time and the right amount of trial and error. By installing WordPress locally, you can ensure that, once you are finally ready to present your blog or website to the world, everyone sees that finished product in all its glory.
Simply put, to avoid database data corruption, severe server errors, and any other problems that can get you banned from the platform, as well as to simply save time and avoid any added hassle, you should absolutely install WordPress locally.