Are you wondering if you could practice and install WordPress without spending a single dime on domain names and hosting providers? Looking for ways to create staging environments in your own personal computer for experimentation, development, and testing? Or are you someone that just wants to start exploring and navigating WordPress?
Well, look no further because we will guide you, step-by-step on how to install WordPress locally in your PC . . . for FREE. Yes, you heard that right, this process will cost you no money and can be used in any Operating System (Windows, Mac, and Linux).
Do not worry if you don’t have any coding knowledge or skills because the processes will not require any coding.
So let’s get started.
Step 1: Install Local by FLywheel
Local by Flywheel is a free development application that lets you install WordPress locally on your computer. This application lets you install WordPress in just one click with hot-swappable settings that makes testing even easier – meaning you can change PHP and Data versions. It automatically creates all necessary databases, folders, and files for you without any hassle.
If you want to learn more about Local by Flywheel you can check it here.
This is the main website for Local by Flywheel.
1.b Hit the 'Download' button and Choose an Operating System
1.c Install the Application
Locate the downloaded app. Then follow the simple installation steps.
Step 2: Installing WordPress
Another powerful feature of this application is that it lets you create a lot of WordPress installations. Which means you can try different types of websites, test any theme and plugin combinations. And that is without any additional cost.
2.a Open Local
Click the Plus icon located at the lower part of the dashboard.
2.b. Input the Site's Name.
In real world applications, this part is choosing your site’s domain name.
Input the site name and click ‘Continue’.
2.c Choose your WordPress Environment
At this point, you are now configuring your WordPress installation. we highly recommend choosing ‘Preferred‘ – which automatically chooses the configuration. But if you want to test a certain environment with specific specifications then you can do so with ‘Custom‘.
Choose ‘Preferred‘, then click ‘Continue‘.
2.d Create your Admin Credentials
It is important to know that even in the real-world application, a fresh installation of WordPress needs to undergo this process. So it is always a good practice to take notes of the username and password in a separate location like notepad, MS Word, or keeping it in the cloud.
It may then take a few minutes depending on your PC’s specification.
Step 3: Open Up Your Website
3.a Viewing the 'Front-end'.
3.b Viewing the 'Back-end'.
You will be taken to the default WordPress login page. Input the Admin credentials you made earlier.
You will then be taken in the Admin dashboard.