Bitnami is an application environment that allows you to install and run over 130 different open source applications including WordPress locally on your Windows computer or Mac. Learn how Bitnami works and how it can work for you in this online video tutorial.
- [Voiceover] Before we get started, let me briefly explain what Bitnami is and how it works. Bitnami is an AMP stack application, meaning it comes fully packaged with a complete web host, including Apache, MySQL and PHP. When installed, it sets up a local web host as well as whatever application or applications you wish to add in. So in short, Bitnami is a simple way to host WordPress and a myriad of other open source publishing applications right on your computer.
When you download Bitnami, you also specify what open source application you want to install, in our case WordPress, and that application is installed as part of the stack. Once Bitnami is installed, you are, in effect, turning your computer into a web server, much like the web servers you would host WordPress on on the web, and that web server has WordPress installed and ready to go right out of the box, and you can visit WordPress on your computer through any web browser. The major differences between running WordPress on a web server on the web and running WordPress on Bitnami on your computer, are pretty obvious.
Because Bitnami is installed on your computer, you don't need internet access to use your WordPress site. That also means the site is only accessible from your computer. The true benefit of having WordPress running on Bitnami on your computer is that you can work with the files directly, and you don't have to keep uploading or downloading them to and from your web server. They are all there, ready for you to work with and experiment with right on your computer.
Running WordPress in another way? Check out the other courses in this series.
- Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP
- Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP
- Installing and Running WordPress: WebMatrix
- What is Bitnami?
- Downloading the correct version of Bitnami
- Installing WordPress with Bitnami on Windows
- Installing WordPress with Bitnami on a Mac
- Using the Bitnami Manager
- Setting up WordPress as a Windows library
- Accessing WordPress and its files on Mac and Windows
- Troubleshooting your setup
- Moving a Bitnami WordPress site to the web