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This is the Best Way to Set Up a WordPress Site Locally

Let's set up a WordPress test site in less than 10 minutes using Local By Flywheel!

Introduction

Setting up a WordPress site locally can be a daunting task. It requires installing a server, SQL, PHP, and WordPress and then finally linking everything together with one wrong step able to mess up hours of hard work for beginners.

All of this can be simplified by using Local By Flywheel. Local by Flywheel provides an amazing step-by-step process to set up a WordPress site without any hassle. Let us see how to do that!

Installing Local By Flywheel

Installing Local By Flywheel is very simple. Go to https://localwp.com/ and Download the latest version of the software as per your OS.

Download Local By Flywheel

Setting up WordPress Site Using Local By Flywheel

Local makes it very easy to setup the WordPress site locally. Without divulging into details let us see how to do that.

  1. Start Local By Flywheel and then click Create a New Site

    Screenshot of first screen of Local By Flywheel shown while creating a new site. Clicking on the Create a New Site button allows you to move to the next step.
  2. Name the site: Choose a cool name for the site. We choose localwordpress so our site will be accessible by visiting localwordpress.local in the browser just like wpgangsta.com.

    Screenshot of second screen of Local By Flywheel shown while creating a new site. There is a text box to input the name of the local site to be created
  3. Select Server, PHP and SQL environments: We are going to go with the default options here because they work well with new WordPress installations.

    A screenshot of the third screen of Local By Flywheel is shown while creating a new site. There are two buttons to select the environment parameters of the site which are server, PHP and database. We are selecting default option that is preferred.
  4. Setup the New User and Password. These details will be used to log into the WordPress site.

    A screenshot of the fourth screen of Local By Flywheel is shown while creating a new site. 

There are two input fields for WordPress Username and WordPress Password.

These details will be used to log into the newly created WordPress site.

    5. Give it a few seconds and a fresh new WordPress site will be ready to use. You can open the site by going to the site name.localy. For example, in this case we will put https://localwordpress.local/ in the browser to visit the site.

Why We Need to Setup a WordPress Site Locally?

While local has made it easy for everyone to create a setup a WordPress site locally. A very important question arises i.e. what is the need?

There cannot be a very simple answer to this question. A local installation can help in many ways such as:

  1. Safely testing a WordPress site
  2. Developing plugin and theme for WordPress
  3. Learning WordPress without spending a dime

We hope this article will become a part of your journey with WordPress. Let us know how we did in comments.

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