Sometimes you need to make changes to your WordPress site (like activating plugins or changing the design) that you need to test out before you start to mess with your live site. The good news is that there is a way to do this – by making a local version of your site for testing and development.
Or maybe you want to start working on a new site but instead of doing all your development on a remote server (i.e. on the Internet), you want to create a development site on your own computer to try things out on. Not only does this keep your development site hidden from the world, it will also speed up your development as you won’t have to wait for files to upload when you make changes.
In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to install WordPress locally (i.e. on your computer instead of on the web).