If you are a developer or just want to learn WordPress, you must have LocalWP. It is a good practice to install WordPress locally. You can access it anytime and also you don’t have to spend money on domain and hosting.
You may think that it is hard but no. It is effortless to install it on your computer. Having WordPress locally allows you to try new plugins, themes, or develop your own theme.
Another great thing is that you can migrate it later to a live server.
And it is totally FREE. No tech skills are required so everyone can do it.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to install WordPress locally and how to create your first test website for free.
1. Install LocalWP
First, you have to go to LocalWP and click the Download button. A window pops up. You must choose your platform, fill in the required inputs and press Get It Now.
After you download LocalWP, install it like any other program. It is very easy thing to do. Just follow the instructions.
2. Create a Website
Now it is time to create a free local WordPress website where you can develop your website or just have fun with themes and plugins.
In order to do this, you need to open Local and click Create New Site. Choose your website name. Next, choose the Preferred option.
In the next window type in your username, password, and email address and press Add Site.
Now, wait while Local will download and install WordPress locally and it will automatically create your new website.
3. Open Local Website
Choose your newly created website and in the upper right corner click Start Site and then click the Admin button.
Congratulations. You have created a WordPress website on your computer. See how easy it was?
This is a fully functional WordPress website. The only difference is that instead of a web hosting platform, it is installed on your local machine.
Now you can do anything you want. Create as many websites as you want, test plugins, themes, or develop your own theme. Also, it is a great way to learn WordPress.
Having WordPress locally is a great way to test things or create websites before you launch your website live. Also, you can easily migrate your local site to a live server.