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WordPress is a web publishing application designed to publish content onto the web. So why would you want to install a web publishing application on your computer so you can access it but no one else can? Well, the answer lies in that question. Having WordPress installed on your computer has a huge benefit both for bloggers, for beginners, and for developers. As a beginner, you need to understand how WordPress works and familiarize yourself with WordPress and all the ins and outs.
By having WordPress installed on your computer, you can experiment it without having to install it on an external host, and you can also get to know the application in a safe environment. Once you know how it works and you are comfortable with it, then you publish it to a host and then you can go live. As a developer, if you want to develop a child theme or a regular theme or a plug-in or some other content for WordPress, you should always do it in a local environment. Because if you didn't have a local environment, you would have to make a change to your file and then push that file onto the web and then onto a web server and then check it and then push another change onto the web server and check it.
But if you have a local environment to work in, you simply make a change to the file, reload your browser, and you see that change immediately. For myself, I have WordPress installed on my computers so that no matter where I am I can always work on WordPress projects without having to rely on an Internet connection. Because let's face it, even though the Internet is pretty much everywhere, you don't always have a connection to the Internet on your computer. But if you want to work with WordPress, you really either need that or you need to have WordPress installed on a computer locally.
Down to brass tacks, WordPress installed on a computer is the number one tool in your WordPress toolkit. And whether you're a beginner or an advanced user, this is something you should have. We've created this core series to give you four different options that you can use to install WordPress either Macs or on PCs, and we go through how to set it up, how to use it, and how to uninstall it. That way you'll have all the tools necessary to be able to run WordPress locally on your computer and develop great things.
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