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How To And Why Should You, Install WordPress In Your Computer

by DiTesco

instant wordpress portable

I have always wanted to install a local WordPress copy on my PC and have been having a hard time doing it. Reason being is that I am not a tech savvy guy and most of the tools or tutorials available out there can be too complicated. I wanted an easy solution, one that does not fry my brains out, and if at all possible free, why not? Thanks to Lisa of 2ceateawebiste, my quest for searching the near to perfect solution has ended. She introduced me to Instant WordPress, a powerful WordPress tool, that made me say wow. After installing it (no brainer), and giving it a test run, I changed my mind and said to myself – triple wow!

Anyway, before getting into the nuts and bolts of Instant WordPress, let’s look first at some reasons why you may want to install a copy of WordPress on your local computer. I am sure that there could be a lot more reasons, but over the top, these are what I can come up with:

  • You don’t need to have a domain name or web server to run a WordPress site in a local environment. This is ideal when you want to test WordPress themes, plugins, and changes you may want to do in your site without doing it live. Think of all the mess you can avoid :).
  • You may want to create some video tutorials about a lot of things. An example can be a video on how to install and configure a certain plugin. The advantage of being able to create videos with your local PC is that you don’t have to rely on an internet connection. Some weeks ago, I was having problems with my connection and while preparing a video, I has to stop it somewhere in the middle because my connection decided to take a break. Wasted time and effort.
  • If you provide WordPress services, you can easily show a client or potential client, how their site can look like, among other things. You may even want to give them a “test” site for them to play around with. This is great to boost their confidence in a lot of things and is also a good “training” environment for them. This can avoid you the headache of having to “redo” everything if they for reason accidentally damage their live website.
  • You may want to “replicate” an existing website to another and avoid all the process of spending time to tweak, and configure a new site. This is actually a time saver, if you create niche sites
  • And, as I said, perhaps many more reasons…

About Instant WordPress

Instant WordPress Local

Instant WordPress is just as the name suggest. It gives you the full power of WordPress, in a local environment, instantly. It allows you to do everything I mentioned above easily and quickly without having to worry about the technical aspect of it. Installing Instant WordPress is as easy as downloading it, skimming a bit through the documentation, and you are good to go. Now for the best and most awesome part of this tool, it runs on a USB Stick! That’s right, portable WordPress (link to YouTube – same as below) at the tip of your fingers, a complete standalone solution. It comes with WP 3.2 version, Apache, PHP, MySql and dummy content. All this without messing with your PC’s configuration (like registry for example). It runs on its own.. How cool is that?

Watch the video below for an example (quality is not top notch, sorry)

Alright then, I won’t try to push you a lot more into using this tool. I am not getting paid to write this post and there are no affiliate links either. I am just amazed that such a powerful tool is free and only you decide whether you want to use it or not. If you are looking to install a WordPress local version in your PC, I can’t think of any alternative right now that beats this one.

What do you think? Is this something that you can put into good use? What other reasons can you think of that warrants the use of Instant WordPress?

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1 Justin Germino October 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I just create test subdomains on my hosting provider and use Wordpress auto installs 🙂 One reason is that most people run Windows and their hosting provider typically has Wordpress on Unix/Apache so the architecture isn’t identical for sandbox and testing purposes.

2 DiTesco October 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Hi Justin. Thanks for your input. I am however confused as according to InstantWP, the components that are installed are the following software:

WordPress 3.2
Apache 2.2.15 (Win32)
PHP 5.3.2
MySQL 5.1.46-community-nt

Does the above not “simulate” the same architecture as a hosting provider?

3 RonLeyba October 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Great one for wordpress theme developers as well. A good testing ground for coders and designers. Thanks for sharing this DiTesco!

4 DiTesco October 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

You are welcome Ron. I hope you enjoy using this tool. Let me know how it goes for you 🙂


Lye Kuek Hin

October 8, 2011 at 5:08 am

Hi DiTesco,

This is definitely a tool that i am looking for. As you know using a theme framework tends to lead me trying out different function. I am not a programmer, this is a good tool as i can avoid crashing my site if i do anything wrong. Thanks a lot for the recommendation.

6 DiTesco October 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Hey Lye, good to see you here. A pleasure as always. Anyway, I am glad you found this tool something that could be useful for you.. I love it, and as you said, it is made for us “less” tech savvy guys 🙂 Let me now how it goes if you use it soon..

thanks for stopping by my friend



October 8, 2011 at 6:14 am

Hey fransisco,

When I first had started my blogging, I actually went through the whole process of installing WP locally, because people had told me for a newbie a local wp is great for testing things out, tweaking without really screwing your actual live blog.

But, I am not a technical person, there was a lot of thing I couldn’t figure out and I simply gave up. Instead I started doing what Justin is doing, making test subdomains and using the subdomain as a guinea pig.

But it seems like this toll can make things much faster and easier. I’ll give it a go. Thank for the heads up.

8 DiTesco October 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

You are welcome.. this tool will definitely be a great help when you decide to test themes, etc… I am suing it extensively now as I am actually testing a new theme for another website I have. It is really an awesome tool. Have you installed it yet?



October 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Yeah I have installed it today. Just playing around with it to get the hang of it. Thanks again for the heads up Fransisco.

10 Swamykant October 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

I generally use XAMPP. It is a good tool.

Nice post.

11 DiTesco October 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

This is better than XAMPP, lol. Hope you test and like it..


Jane | Successful Blogging

October 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

Fran, this sounds brilliant. I will need this since I deal with a lot of styling websites 🙂 It will be great to have a local copy to play with 😉

13 DiTesco October 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Hi Jane. That’s exactly the idea, play with it as much as possible. With this tool, I get confident changing things without having to worry about damaging live websites. I really like it and I do hope you find this tool useful for you.. Great for making videos too 🙂

14 Sanjeev October 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

This looks a good process, Wordpress local installation is really important, I do lot of changes and would like to test it locally before putting live on the blog.

15 DiTesco October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hi Sanjeev. Like you I also like to run tests of things before actually making changes. This tool really is very helpful and I hope you find good use for it too.. Thanks for stopping by


Vernessa Taylor

October 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Hi DiTesco,

I’m curious as to why you say it is better than XAMPP? Do you mean because it specifically for WordPress installs?

17 DiTesco October 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hi Vernessa. My thoughts exactly. The only reason why I say that it is better is because it is tailored specifically for WP and nothing else. Considering that the platform is rapidly becoming the choice of preference by many, I think that InstantWP is more suitable than an “Apache Web Server” friend 🙂


Online Opportunities

October 10, 2011 at 6:43 am

This is a tool that I really need, since I want to change the theme of my blog to thesis but I fear to make all the changes on my live wordpress, thanks for sharing Francisco…

Kostas | Opportunities Planet

19 DiTesco October 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

You are welcome Kostas. If you are thinking of changing to Thesis, this tool will definitely help you get familiar with the theme first and do your experiments before put it live. Good luck!


Online Opportunities

October 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

I used it and it really help me re design my blog using thesis, but do you know how could I export the changes on my live wordpress without doing manually all the changes, I would truly appreciate your help 🙂

Kostas | Opportunities Planet

21 DiTesco October 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Hi Kostas. It depends what changes you have made. If you changed you Custom_functions file for example, just copy and paste it on your custom editor file. If they are plugins, I suggest to install it directly on the live version and configure it the same way you did on your testing. I hope this helps. If not, can you tell me what changes or modifications have you done?


Online Opportunities

October 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

I was wondering if there is a tool to import all the changes instantly to my live wordpress but I suppose I have to spend some time to do this, anyway thanks for the help, right now I am checking every change I made on my local wordpress and hope to have it live next week…

Kostas | Opportunities Planet

23 Ricardus October 10, 2011 at 7:15 am

Hi Francisco,

This is really awesome. Can’t wait to test it.

24 DiTesco October 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

You are welcome. Happy testing 🙂


Ikenna Odinaka

October 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I found your post while searching for another alternative for working with wordpress locally. I’ve tried XMAPP and WPI with one error after another. Thanks for sharing thid. I’ll have to give it a try

26 DiTesco October 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

Hi Ikenna. I’m lad that you found about this tool via my blog. I do hope you find it useful. It is much easier to use this than XMAPP for sure. Let me know how it goes for you.

27 Sherryl Perry October 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Thanks for taking the time to document this so well Francisco. This is something that I really need to do.

28 DiTesco October 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Hi Sherryl. This is really a must thing to have specially if you like to play around with designs and all that stuff. Right now, I ma just loving playing around with.. Have you heard about this tool before? Appreciate you dropping by


Tania Shipman

October 15, 2011 at 2:09 am

Thanks so much for this information. I like having the options to try out plugins and theme changes without breaking my sites

30 DiTesco October 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hi Tania. You are welcome. This tool will allow you to do just that.. Try out themes and plugins before putting it live. A note on plugins.. if you are not using the same structure as your live site, the test results may not be the same for a live site. If you want to see exactly how it it will work, I suggest you use the same theme for testing. Thanks for stopping by

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