Having a local install of WordPress on your computer will make it easier to learn WordPress and develop themes and plugins. Learn how it works and how to get WordPress on your computer in this online video tutorial.
- [Voiceover] WordPress is a publishing application for the web, and we use it to make websites. So, why would you want to install WordPress on your computer, and when does it make sense to install WordPress on your computer rather than on a proper web host on the web? After all, isn't the whole point of setting up a WordPress site to publish content on the web? Here's the thing. Installing WordPress on your computer is pretty much a must for anyone who wants to go beyond the basics. Let me explain. In its intended form, WordPress runs on a server on the web, allowing you to publish your content on the web and other people to access that content through the web.
However, if you want to do more advanced things like building a custom child theme or full theme or create a plugin or build a custom site, this configuration is not very practical. For one, every time you make a change, you have to publish that change to the web server to see what it did. For another, you have to have access to the web at all times to work on your project. And think about it. If you're working on something ultra sectret like the coolest theme or plugin to ever see the light of day, publishing it to the web before it's done just to beta test it might not be the best idea.
If you're planning on building anything with WordPress, be it a child theme or a theme or a plugin or a custom site or anything else, or even if you're just planning to do some experimentation to get to know the application better, hosting it on our computer is the best option. That way you have your very own, personal WordPress site available to you at all times that you can mess around with and break, and reconfigure, and build into and around without the encumbrances of internet access, slow external servers and other people butting in. In short, if you're serious about WordPress, you should have a locally installed copy right on your computer, and that's what we're gonna do with Bitnami.
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