Developing Something? Here’s a Guide to Install WordPress Locally

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

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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

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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 

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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

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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.

Five Ways to Make Money Using WordPress Multisite

 

Of all the impressive WordPress features, WordPress Multisite is one of the most effective and is a great way for you to simply and efficiently manage several sites and subdomains at the same time. But did you also know that you can make a decent amount of money using WordPress Multisite?

In this piece, we will look at five of the ways that WordPress Multisite can help to make you profitable in the long term.

5 WordPress Multisite Money-Making Methods

There are a number of diverse ways to make money using WordPress Multisite, but here are five of the most proven methods that will have you making cash in no time.

  1. Selling Your Own Products

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One of the most effective ways to make money using WordPress Multisite is to sell your own products. The eCommerce plugin MarketPress is able to do this through your Multisite networks, allowing you to create a specific store network from which you can take a sales cut from either a single store or multiple stores.

Thanks to MarketPress, you can take a prearranged percentage fee of total store sales on a network, and the convenient thing about the whole process is that it is completely invisible to customers and is automated as well.

Another way MarketPress allows you to rake in money is through upgrades to the stores or sites inside of your network, which can be done by either permitting particular gateways for supporter blogs, allowing certain store themes for supporter blogs, or allowing certain stores in general for supporter blogs.

Essentially, you are using your marketplace capabilities as a way to generate outside revenue.

 2. Establishing a Paid Membership Directory or   Community

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Establishing a paid membership community or directory is another way to make money through Multisite. Once a community is established, you can deliver access to online content, forums, videos, support groups, galleries, blogs, or any other downloadable content.

With the help of the Membership plugin, you can effectively develop a full-fledged subscription or membership site. Thanks to an intuitive interface and fully customizable options, you can manage your subscriptions and charge for specific membership-based features.

  3. Setting Up an Affiliate Marketing Program

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Through an efficient affiliate marketing program, you can easily and effortlessly promote your services and products. Thanks to the WordPress MU Affiliate plugin, the entire targeted advertisement process is completely automated.

To sign up for the program, all users will have to do is to log in with a PayPal email address. Once that is done, the MU Affiliate plugin tracks everything from paid memberships to unique clicks to signups. After that, you can just sit back and watch as the money trickles in.

4. Managing, Selling, and Sharing Advertising

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Another way to get money through WordPress Multisite is through sharing advertising. Believe it or not, offering users a cut of your advertising revenue will help to benefit you in the long run as well because it will get users to promote your site, which in turn will earn both you and any participatory user money.

Through the Ad Sharing plugin, you can automate your advertisement sharing. The whole practice is quick and easy, and you can use such advertising utilities as context ads or AdSense to help you with the process.

By monitoring the amount of impressions on users’ sites inside of your network, you can see how the ad revenue is split up.

5. Establishing a Blogging Community with Superior Upgrades

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Finally, the last example that we will touch on when it comes to using WordPress Multisite to make money for you is the development of an effective blogging network.

By establishing your own blogging community, you can offer users such top-of-the-line upgrades as domain mapping, advertising, extra storage, and premium plugins. You would offer such upgrades for a price, of course.

By using the Supporter plugin, you can turn users into subscribers, and we probably don’t have to tell you how profitable it is to have subscribers. You hear that? That is the sound of money going directly into your pocket.

Using WordPress Multisite to Your Ultimate Advantage 

As you can see, there is a host of different ways that you can use WordPress Multisite for your financial benefit. Of course, you will want to determine which methods works best for you. Maybe it’s all of them or maybe it is just a select few. It all depends on how much time and resources you are willing to invest into a particular method.

That being said, it will behoove you to do as much research as possible into the different features of WordPress Multisite to make sure that you are getting the absolute most out of it.

A Quick Guide on WordPress Favicon and How to Install It

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Let’s start out with, “what’s a WordPress favicon?”

WordPress defines a favicon (short for “favorite icon”) as an icon that’s associated with a website or page and is intended to be used when you bookmark that page. In other words, the web browser connects that favicon to the URL in the browser’s bar, on tabs, in bookmark lists and elsewhere to help easily identify that site. It’s also an application icon for mobile devices.

The favicon is typically a 16 x 16-pixel square graphic and is saved in the root directory of the server as favicon.io. A WordPress favicon can be used with any WordPress site on a server that allows access to the site’s root directories.

Creating Your Very Own Favicon

A WordPress favicon can be created with GIMP or any graphics/image editing software that allows files to be saved as .ico – or with an online service that allows you to create a WordPress favicon for free. The image should be a good fit for your site’s content and audience, so bear that in mind when selecting your WordPress favicon.

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To prepare the image, crop or add space around the image to make it square. Resize it to 16 x 16 pixels, then just save as favicon.ico. It’s even easier using an online service such as Faviconer.com or Dynamic Drive – the site will walk you through the process, so just follow the instructions provided and then save the favicon.ico image to your computer.

To install your WordPress favicon, upload the new favicon.ico file to the main folder of your current theme (with an FTP client). Next, upload another copy of the favicon.ico file to your site’s main directory, which will then make sure the favicon is displayed in your subscribers’ feedreaders. For some older browsers, you might need to edit your page header via a child theme. Remember to keep a copy of the parent theme’s header.php file in the child theme. Go to your WordPress Administration Screen and click on Appearance, then click on Theme Editor. By clicking on the file called Header or header.php, you can then edit the file. Look for the line of code that starts with <link rel="shortcut icon" and ends with /favicon.ico" />. You can either overwrite this, or add this section of code below the <head> HTML tag: <link rel="shortcut icon" href="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri(); ?>/favicon.ico" />

A Word About WordPress Favicon Plugins

There are a number of plugins for adding favicons to your WordPress site, so let’s do a quick roundup:

Shockingly Simple Favicon

You can easily change the favicon of your blog with this plugin, without having to touch the theme files. In other words, if you want to change your site’s theme these changes are set so that there’s no tweaks in theme code involved.

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EZ Favicon

This simple favicon plugin allows you to upload whatever image you want, any size – the plugin then resizes it, converts it to the proper .ico file format and automatically adds the correct html code to the header.

Heroic Favicon Generator

This is another plugin that can automatically generate the favicon of your choice, either from your own images or from the plugin’s media gallery. It can even generate and support favicons for different kinds of devices.

RealFaviconGenerator

This one’s maybe the simples of all to use. Just install the plugin and go to Appearance>Favicon, select your image from the Media Library and click “Generate Favicon.” You will then be redirected to RealFaviconGenerator to edit the favicon, then back to the WordPress Dashboard. From there, the favicon will be installed automatically.

Why Should You Use Favicons?

If you’re like most web users, chances are you’ll have multiple tabs open on your browser at any given time (c’mon, admit it, you know you do).

Most web users don’t think about the favicon very much, but how else do you make the tab with your page stand out when the user looks across the top of the browser? The favicon has a subtle – but important – job in establishing a brand with your website. After all, it can help tell a user that they’ve come to the right place with your site.

More than that, however, the WordPress favicon serves the purpose of saving a user time on the internet. We’re all geared more toward identifying an icon or image of some sort at a glance, rather than reading text.

With this in mind, the favicon is even handier when it comes to quickly singling a site out in a long column of bookmarks. Just make sure that the favicon you go with is the right fit for your site’s audience and content, and you can go about adding one to your WordPress site.

Two Different Approaches to Install WordPress SSL

Short for Secure Sockets Layer, SSL is important in lending credibility to your website. The purpose of an SSL certificate is to provide users with a secure connection and ensure that your site is trustworthy when it comes to the encryption of data. In other words, if you truly want your WordPress website to be perceived as the real deal, then you need to install WordPress SSL.

In this piece, we will cover two of the different approaches to install WordPress SSL.

2 WordPress SSL Installation Approaches 

There are a number of different ways to go about installing WordPress SSL, but here are just two of the methods you can employ.

1. Use Microsoft Internet Information Services

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One way to install WordPress SSL is by using Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). To start this process, you first need to generate what is known as a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on your server. The CSR includes your public key and server information, and the process of generating it is fairly simple if you follow the right instructions.

First off, you need to open the Server Manager. Next, hit Tools and then select Internet Information Services Manager. Under the Connections list, you will want to choose the right workstation before opening the Server Certificates tool.

After that, hit the Create Certificate Request link, which will then require you to fill in the Request Certificate information. This information typically includes the common (domain) name, the state or province you are in, your town or city name, the name of your company, the section name (Marketing or Communications, for example), and your two-digit country code.

Next, you will want to be sure that the bit length is set to 2048 and that the cryptographic service provider is set to default. The last part of the CSR process is to name the certificate request file.

Once you generate your CSR, you then need to go about ordering your SSL certificate. This can be done through a number of services, such as GlobalSign, DigiCert, and Symantec.

After you order you SSL certificates, you will need to download them. By the end of this process, you should receive your Primary Certificate via email, which you should rename to yousitename.cer.

After this, click the “Complete Certificate Request” link. Then, after the certificate has been installed, you will want to connect it to the appropriate website. Do this through instructions provided by the Sites folder.

Then, simply install the Intermediate Certificates, restart IIS, and test your certificate, and you should be good to go.

2. Use cPanel

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Another way to install WordPress SSL is through cPanel. Just like through the Microsoft IIS process, you will need to generate a CSR. To do this, you will need to log into cPanel and locate the SSL/TLS Manager.

After this, click the links labeled Generate and follow the instructions in the Generate a New Key section. This will require you to type in your domain name and to select a Key Size of 2048 before clicking the Generate button.

After hitting the Return to SSL Manager button and clicking the “Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests” link from the main menu, you will need to enter your organization’s or company’s information. This information includes the full organization or company name, the two-digit company code, the state or province, the common (domain) name, the city or town name, and the section name.

Once this is all complete, you will need to order your SSL certificates and download these certificates. Again, just like with the Microsoft IIS process, you can go about ordering your certificates through services such as GlobalSign, DigiCert, and Symantec. Each certificate service is different depending on your needs, so be sure you know exactly what it is you are looking for before choosing a service.

When you order the certificates, you need to upload the CSR file to whichever service you used. Then, simply download the certificates, which you will receive via email.

After the ordering and downloading process is finished, open the SSL Manager menu in cPanel. Follow the instructions provided there until you get to the Install SSL Certificate link. This will complete the SSL process, and your server will restart, allowing your certificate to be distributed.

Making Your WordPress Site the Most Effective Site Possible Through SSL 

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It may seem fairly complicated but installing WordPress SSL can do leaps and bounds for your website. If you feel at all intimidated or overwhelmed by the process, don’t hesitate to perform a quick Google search, as this will help to pull up a number of different step-by-step methods to effectively install WordPress SSL.

Once the SSL process is completed, you will likely find that your users feel increasingly more confident when it comes to exploring what your website has to offer.

Four Promising Careers in WordPress Development

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You have your own WordPress site, and you’re no newbie: You can edit theme stylesheets, install plugins of your choice, and have a basic understanding of the core code running behind the scenes. You have a feel for both the power and versatility WordPress offers to build unique websites with radically different looks and functionalities.

So, you might ask yourself: Is it possible to have a career in WordPress development?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, but there’s a lot more you’ll need to learn. If you’re willing to put in the sustained effort over time, though, any of these four WordPress developer careers below could be yours.

WordPress Development Careers

Experienced WordPress developers have a running joke about the 7 types of developers:

  • the newbie
  • the tinkerer
  • the trainee
  • the rookie
  • the fix-it-guy
  • the professional
  • the architect

The punchline is the first five groups from newbie to tinkerer aren’t really WordPress developers at all as opposed to, at best, dedicated hobbyists.

Becoming a WordPress professional or architect requires a significant amount of time and energy doing the homework that sets experts apart from everyone else. You’ll have to learn PHP and MySQL and Ajax, read the Core Contributor handbook and develop your own patches, master debugging, and become an active member of the worldwide WordPress community.

1. Theme Developer

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A WordPress theme consists of the files working in tandem to create a website’s graphic interface. That is, how it looks as the colors, fonts, text layout, widgets, and more create a unified style. There are three different types of projects theme developers typically work on: building a secondary theme to integrate within a primary one, basing a new standalone theme on another one, or creating a new theme completely from scratch.

Being a theme developer can be especially attractive if you have a background in graphic or visual design because you will work on what end users see as opposed to working strictly behind the scenes. In addition, if you enjoy working with clients, this career path allows you to help them achieve both aesthetic and functional goals for their websites.

2. Plugin Developer

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One commandment all WordPress developers must heed is this: Never edit the WordPress core code. That’s because every time a new WordPress version is released, it automatically overwrites existing core code on all earlier versions, so any changes you’ve made will be lost.

Therefore, functionality is extended and new features are added in WordPress by using plugins, standalone pieces of software which operate on top of the core code. Plugins can perform simple tasks like displaying the number of visitors to your site or more complex actions such as a robust help ticket system for site users.

Plugins are usually written in the PHP programming language, and a working knowledge of JavaScript and jQuery libraries will also be required. If you are interested in coding at the granular level – how things work more than how they look – this could be the route for you.

3. Ecommerce Developer

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WordPress was originally developed as a blogging platform, but its use quickly expanded to all types of websites. Ecommerce sites – direct sales of products and services to site visitors – using WordPress have grown dramatically in the last ten years. While theme developers work with a site’s appearance and basic functionality and plugin developers extend functionality and add features, the ecommerce developer is a combination of the two.

The ecommerce developer must build visually appealing online stores selling physical and digital products, implement robust security measures, understand search engine optimization (SEO) factors unique to ecommerce, and much more. If you’re interested in how a site looks as well as how it works in all areas, the ecommerce developer’s “big picture” approach could be a good choice.

4. API Developer

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At its simplest, an Application Programming Interface (API) is code which allows other developers to write their own software. In that sense, an API developer isn’t so much concerned with end users, but the API will have great impact on end-user experience via the developers who utilize it. For example, a plugin API isn’t a plugin unto itself to use on a site as opposed to software which helps other developers create plugins.

The API developer has reached the top of the WordPress developer hierarchy and has skills far beyond the newbie or casual programmer. To reach this point, you’ll have the skill sets of the other three types of developers and be well-versed in both granular-level coding and abstract, high-level principles of site and server architecture.

WordPress Developer Resources

A great thing about learning WordPress development is the freely available online resources. The first place to start is the official WordPress Codex, a wiki repository covering all aspects of coding for beginners and experts alike. Another must-read is the WordPress blog with the latest information on topics ranging from plugin management to mobile app development and more.

Knowing WordPress Multisite is a key skill for developers. To learn more, check out this post about Multisite setup and plugin installation.

A Step-by-Step Guide for How to Install WordPress

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It seems like everyone and their grandma is trying to get into the blogging game these days. Well, every good blog needs a good blogging platform, and WordPress is one of the most effective platforms on the market.

In this piece, we will give you a step-by-step instructional guide for how to install WordPress all by yourself.

Downloading and Extracting the Files

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To officially begin the WordPress installation process, you need to first go to the download section on WordPress’s website and download the most recent version of WordPress’s blogging platform files.

The downloading process can be slightly different depending on whether you are uploading WordPress to a remote web server, if you are using File Transfer Protocol, or if you are comfortable with downloading WordPress straight to your web server.

Whichever downloading method you choose to employ, once the files are downloaded, you then need to extract the files, which will be extracted to a folder called “wordpress.”

Creating a WordPress User and a Database

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When it comes to creating a WordPress database, you have several different options going forward. You may already have a database that is set up for you if you are using a hosting provider, so check your control panel or provider’s support pages to determine whether or not you need to set up a database yourself.

If you do need to set up a database manually, there are a number of different database services you can use. It really all depends on what your hosting provider offers. For our purposes, we will demonstrate how to install a WordPress database using phpMyAdmin.

First, you will need to make sure you install phpMyAdmin if your web server does not already have it installed. Once you have phpMyAdmin up and running, open up the Database dropdown menu on the left. If you see that a WordPress-related database does not already exist, you will need to create one.

To create a database, you will first need to choose a name for it. Typically, this name will need to begin with your username followed by an underscore. Type your name into the Create Database section and then select the best arrangement for your language and encoding.

Next comes the step of creating a WordPress user. To begin this stage, go back to the phpMyAdmin main menu and click on the Users tab to see if a WordPress-related user already exists. It one does not exist, click Add User button and choose a username and password.

Make sure that all the Global Privileges’ options are kept at their defaults before clicking Go.

Uploading the Files

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The next step of the WordPress installation process is deciding whether you want your WordPress-powered site to appear in the root directory (http://websitename.com/) of the site or a subdirectory (http://websitename.com/blog/).

If you want it to appear in the root directory, use a File Transfer Protocol client to upload everything contained in the “wordpress” directory into your website’s root directory.

If you want the WordPress site to appear in a subdirectory, be sure that you rename the “wordpress” directory to your preferred subdirectory name before using a File Transfer Protocol client to upload the entire directory into your preferred location within the root directory.

Running the Install Script

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How you proceed with the process of running the install script depends on whether you uploaded your files into the root directory or a subdirectory.

If you placed them in the root directory, go to http://websitename.com/wp-admin/install.php, but if you placed them in a subdirectory, go to http://example.com/subdirectoryname/wp-admin/install.php.

You will then need to enter in some database connection details, such as the database name, your username, your password, the database host, and the table prefix.

Finishing Up the Installation Process

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For the last step of the installation process, you should be presented with a screen that prompts you to fill in some site information. This information includes the username, the site title, your email address, and your desired password (which you will have to enter twice).

There is also a check box at the bottom that will ask you whether or not you want your site to be visible in search engines, such as Google. If you want your site to be visible to everyone, make sure the box is left unchecked.

Then, simply click install WordPress. If the installation process was successful, you will be presented with a login prompt.

If there is an error of any kind, go back and make sure that all the database information was entered successfully. In case that does not work, make sure you permitted your WordPress user authorization to access your WordPress database and that the database server is operating.

Once you go back and correct these errors, you have successfully learned how to install WordPress. After your site is up and running, you should be on your way to providing the best possible content to your users. Pretty exciting stuff, isn’t it?