There are many reasons why you might want to install WordPress on your desktop or laptop computer.
For example, you may want to use your local installation as a safe space where you can learn more about WordPress and experiment in private — sort of like training wheels for WordPress.
Or you might want to make an identical copy of your website so you can test the latest WordPress and plugin updates before installing them on your live website. Better to break a test site than your real website.
Or maybe you’re building a new site from scratch and you don’t even have a web hosting account yet.
Unfortunately, installing WordPress isn’t as simple as installing traditional desktop software. Or rather, it wasn’t until the Local came along.
In this tutorial, I show you how to install WordPress on any PC. You can use that local installation (no pun intended) to experiment with WordPress without fear of breaking your website. Best of all, Local works with both Windows and Mac.
Local is was created by Flywheel, an advanced web hosting service that specializes in WordPress. Flywheel tells me that future versions of Local will have the ability to automatically migrate WordPress sites to their hosting service.