The ability to set up and use local development is an important one in any WordPressers skill set.
A local WordPress installation enables you to work independently of an online connection, test site changes, themes, and plugins without the risk of breaking your live site, and overall makes your workflow more efficient.
So much so that I recently wrote an entire article on how to install WordPress locally with XAMPP.
Your site won’t do any good, however, if it’s just lying around on your hard drive. Once you are done with the work, you need to figure out how to move WordPress from localhost to live server.
After all, that’s where it’s supposed to end up so people can see it.
So, in this article, I will show you how you can make this transition from local install to live environment — posts, pages, pictures, plugins, themes, and more.