How To Install WordPress On Your Computer Easy, Fast, & Free – Develop Locally

How To Install WordPress On Your Computer Easy, Fast, & Free – Develop Locally

Welcome back for another video my name is
Adam from where I make videos for non-techies and this is going to be really
cool video I’m going to teach you how to create websites on your local computer and typically
this is actually how I’ll build the website you can obviously start building your website
on your web hosting account but it’s a little slower when you do it that way and it’s so
much faster if you build and test websites on your local machine and then when it’s ready
and perfected and fully developed then you would migrate that website from your local
computer to your web hosting account now there has always been several ways to do this there’s
something called is pretty technical called Wamp and then there’s xampp and those are
ways of installing a Web server on your computer and all this kind of stuff and it’s very technical
and a little complicated but there is a new solution out it’s actually not a new solution
is been out for a while the only thing that’s different now is the product was purchased
by a company called fly will and they took this product that was $129 per year in they
made it completely free and here it is right here it’s called the local they just Xers
probably named local before flywheel bought it but now it’s called local by flywheel and
in this video in a show you how to install it and start using it so what this is right
now unfortunately there’s only a version 4 that works on the Mac computer but they are
also developing a PC version so depending on when you see this video the PC version
may be out and what I’ll do is I’ll have a link in an update in the first comment down
below it’ll be a pinned comment and that’s where I’ll have an update link to this page
and also when the PC versions out I’ll update that comment and make it say the PC version
is out just you know because I know the majority of people that are watching this video probably
using a PC computer and set up a Mac but I’m a Mac guy and it’s Mac only for right now
but very soon it should be on the PC as well but the procedure to actually use the programs
going to be the same whether you’re on a PC or Mac most likely so here it is and essentially
we just install it and it creates these little virtual containers for your website you can
have unique settings per website you can develop more than one website on your computer at
the same time and what is really neat about this and I haven’t tested it yet but I know
someone that hasn’t told me about it and I was blown away see you are working on a website
on your local machine but you want to show this website to someone else that may be at
your customer or a business partner or maybe a friend that you just want to get their feedback
on it there’s this feature where you can create a link that they can actually that you can
send to this person outside of where you are and they can click on it and actually see
your website now this is a very difficult thing to do normally because there’s routers
and firewalls and all these types of things that will block connecting or being able to
share your website is just very complicated this has that all solved for you and it’s
right here is called simple simple demo URLs so here’s some of their little bullet points
on this this is something that a lot of developers are switching to I is a different solution
right now to have websites on my machine and this is the perfect time to try something
new so anyways all you have to do is come to this website I have a link down below to
it and then click where it says free download and it’s can I give you this pop up where
you just gotta put your name and your email address in and then click on the get it now
and what’s gonna do you not can actually receive an email with the download link is can immediately
start downloading on your computer now obviously were given them our email address however
flywheel the company that bought this is an established company that I could do anything’s
family so I really wouldn’t worry at all about giving them your email address and I just
gave them my email address now when you downloaded it’s going to be a zip file and here it is
right here and it’s a pretty big file itself and let’s see if I can stretch us out it is
almost 500 MB and so then you’ll need to unzip it you’ll have this and you can drag and drop
it into your applications folder now when you open it out of your applications folder
this is what you will see and this is I’ve done everything up to this point are ready
so were to go through this to gather so what is it saying here’s when I click on this let’s
go it’s going to download everything it needs to download and configure it for me so I’m
in a click on it and let’s see what happens I have about bad I all right it’s all done
and it probably only took two or three minutes now I have a pretty decent Internet connection
so it was pretty fast for me there are better Internet connections I need to just upgrade
but anyways this is it right here and so the first step is going to be to click right here
it’s his ad site and then let’s put some information in there so for site name which is: example
like that and it’s going to give me a site domain right there you know I actually also
have that other local solution to develop websites on my local machine and Artie know
I have a website called example this is good to see if they’ll be any conflicts but instead
I’m going to actually change into example website have that to make sure there’s no
conflicts so I’m assuming this local sites folder is probably in my user account folder
on my Mac Pro doesn’t look like it’s in my documents folder but looks like I can put
that wherever I wanted so now let’s click on this little arrow here and see what our
options are so we get to choose our PHP version which is pretty cool to little technical urine
to be real stable at 5.6 there are some plug-ins and themes that are going to work at seven
some to go down to 5.6 which is pretty cool for Web server there’s two different types
I’ll just stick with what it has a lot of your web hosting accounts are to have Apache
though and MySQL I think I will just actually like this how it’s saying 50% of sites are
typically this in 25% or that I wish they would do that with the PHP version anyways
undergo a 5.6 and so that’s my environment options analysis of the WordPress options
the first option here is if I want to do WordPress multi site not a fan a multi site personally
so leave that is no my admin username I’ll just change at the sites admin and for my
password I’ll just go ahead and puts the same thing just like that and then the admin email
I put my just like that and then I’ll click on add sites okay it says you don’t have did
would you like to see what you entered as the default okay so this is good actually
I like this a lot it’s realizing that this is the first time I’ve created a instance
of WordPress on my local machine and it’s saying that it can save this admin username
password and admin email as a default so in the future when I create more sites it’s cannot
auto fill that in I actually like that some to choose a yes so now it’s creating the sites
and you can see it happening right now I would imagine this would take that long and so let’s
see right that will process took about one minute
I sped it up for you and let’s see what were looking at it’s just a recap of everything
that we chose and some options here so let’s see it’s showing me my site set up here’s
my database information SSL if I wanted to install a security certificate if I was building
an e-commerce site or anything like that and some utilities right here so here’s a demo
euro thing actually want to test that right so I’m going to go ahead and click on admin
alright so here I am I am at that website I created slits login up here I am I’m already
logged into the site and it’d install the latest version of WordPress which is what
I wanted and so that’s it so let’s see how it is downloading and installing some themes
and plug-ins so for a theme will download and install the generate press which is one
of my favorite themes my click on install let’s see how fast everything is okay so that’s
already installed and activated let’s install a plug in one of my favorite plug-ins is the
free page builder called Elementor there we go home to do the dance and they just hit
30,000 active installs congratulations Elementor team and let’s install this and activate that
and let’s just create a quick age just to see how fast this works some to go to add
new let’s call it home like that and I’m going to just get my page set up for the page builder
click on publish and so when you’re developing locally when you update something or say something
or any of those types of activities it’s just gonna work a lot faster and a lot more reliably
some to go ahead and click on edit with Elementor let’s see how fast this works while very fast
let’s see added templates and let me see I will add one of these really nice looking
templates how about this one rides here this is fine this is a landing page son clicking
on it now when you do install a Elementor template actually has to go out to Elementor
servers and download some pieces of information and it looks like it’s doing it now this is
actually how long it normally would take and then let’s go in and click on save and let’s
go to view the page and now there is theirs my page all done in this new solution called
local by flywheels let’s pull up the app again and see if it’s possible to demo that really
cool feature so see your developing this website now you want to get some feedback right so
I think it was utilities and then I would click on this demo URL click on enable let’s
see what happens so it gives me this URL right here so I’m going to highlight and copy it
to my clipboard and I’m been open up a new tab paste it in and let’s see what happens
now if this works it’s pretty stinking amazing because your workflow before is if you wanted
to develop a website on your local machine there is next to no way to show that to anybody
to get any feedback it’s a very thing to do but see what happens him and hit enter right
now and oh my gosh this is beautiful let me click on home and that should show me that
all my gosh this is this is amazing this feature right here is enough for me to want to switch
to using local versus the solution that I’m using right now this is amazing that I can
click on this right here in it will give me a demo URL that’s public now here’s something
really cool law and is public and you didn’t have to and you can be the Starbucks coffee
shop as long as you’re connected to the Internet on your your computer you’ll be able to share
it but what’s really cool is now if I want to get feedback I can now click on disable
and then that link is now gone let’s see what happens some of go here and click on refresh
and there it is page not found in years could be interesting him and enable it again and
see if this changes I would assume that it would so if I enable it again now it’s a totally
different URL so if I refresh this it’s still not working I would have to copy and paste
in the new one like that and is probably gonna pull right up and there it is I gotta tell
you so far that one feature is the one thing that I knew could potentially get me to switch
to use this and it works pretty flawlessly some of disable it again so what that allows
you to do is so much I hire designers to build out pages with Elementor that page builder
I was just showing you and with this I can give them access to log in and add that template
and it’s all on my local machine I think that’s a pretty useful thing so anyways now let’s
just take a look at the settings here so here are those default settings that it it’s all
that I was using for the first time so the next time I go to create a website for demo
purposes it’s cannot auto fill that in for me all of that side that stuff so I think
that’s good to be pretty helpful you can export slits see thinking to some exporting there’s
some advance options you can create a blueprints and that’s pretty neat so you can set up your
kind of your stock WordPress install so for me it would be WordPress with Elementor and
generate press and any plug-ins that I would use regularly and I can make that a blueprint
so when I want to start a new site I can start it off of that blueprint I don’t have to manually
install WordPress again and the themes of the plug-ins and do some default configurations
I can do that all as a blueprint that’s pretty cool add-ons it looks like they’re going to
have some add-ons and I’m sure that’s how they might want to make some money off this
thing and thing in the future is to maybe have some add-ons that add some more features
but right now it’s a pretty amazing that you can do all this stuff so I’ll click on sites
now I think with this program when I’m ready to stop using yet I think I could probably
just close the program I don’t know if I have to click stop all let’s see I just close the
program so when I click on refresh I would assume I can’t access anything and right here
let’s see when I hit refresh actually that might not be the case okay go to dashboard
out that it’s actually still running even though I close the application that’s interesting
so if I wanted to open it up again like this and here it is I guess the stop the website
I have to click on stop all and there it is it’s going to stop its it’s is stopping and
now my website is officially stopped there it is very cool very cool so anyways this
has been a local by flywheel it is a free program that you can get for your Mac and
just be a little patient I’m sure that you have that PC version out really soon when
you scroll all the way down to the bottom of this and it’s on you all these great things
to tell you about this Pro version that they’re working on but when we scroll down right here
it says right here when will you be available for windows and it says soon very soon because
he says so soon so anyways if you are using a Mac computer this is definitely the way
to go to develop websites on your local machine for speed and security and add just getting
everything done a lot quicker using the blueprints and then being able to sharing with these
private links it’s a pretty amazing solution and I think you are going to love it before
you go I have something for you and before I get into that I wanted to ask you to do
something for me if you can give me a thumbs up on this video and if you’re not a subscriber
click on the subscribe button right beneath me if you have a question on this video be
happy to answer it you can also leave a comment or question down below this video hey I put
together a course just for you Dominic given to you for free all you have to do is click
on the button right here on the right it’s called the three steps to WordPress success
it’s an awesome course you’re gonna love it I would love for you to join in and enroll
as a student in this course thanks for watching this video I really appreciated and I do it
just for you


  1. This is the pinned comment. Any updates to the content of this video will be here.
    UPDATE 02-22-2017: PC DL Link
    UPDATE 12-11-2016: I will upload a video on how to migrate from local to your webhost, it's very easy
    UPDATE 12-09-2016: The PC version of Local is going to be released early 2017
    CORRECTIONS: The program was named Pressmatic before Flywheel purchased it and changed the name to Local

  2. I loved the overview, but I would have loved it even more if I had an idea of just how feasible it would be to set up locally and then transfer all of that to an actual website.

  3. I have an Error message : Missing hosts entry. This site may be inaccessible. The button "Fix it" has no effect. What can I do ? Thank You

  4. Hi Adam great video. Can you explain how to get your site from local to the web. Also l am using Square Space and have a few sites running. Is there any way to migrate them to WP.

  5. Thanks a lot for this super tip! It looks like it's exactly what I need. After fussing with MAMP and lots of subdomains. The blue print functionality sounds absolutely great, so does the Demo URL

  6. Another GREAT video, thanks Adam! By the way, have you posted the video on how to MIGRATE from local to hosting solution yet?

  7. Hi Adam, is this compatible with Linux Mint 18? Can't afford a Mac, and won't use Win.
    "Oldies" club again. Thanks for the vid. Bruno

  8. How do I work on improving an existing website using my local machine with this tool? I have it backed up with UpDraft Plus Backup so I have all the files and database. I tried installing the plugin and "restore" the site but it did not work properly and had missing pieces. Is there another way to add the files to my Local Flywheel?

  9. Yet another problem solved… this is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!Just being able to demo a draft site without jumping thru hoops. Holy cow! You have been such a jewel in terms of helping me in my WordPress adventures. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

  10. Local by Flywheel is a great solution for local WordPress development and it is free. I like that you can easily choose between the PHP versions, MySQL database and server software such as Apache. This gives you remarkable flexibility.

    I like that you can empty the WordPress installation and repurpose the created virtual drive for other web apps.

    Unfortunately, there was one bug that made me stick with DesktopServer from ServerPress (which also has a free version, though I use the Premium version): Local did not allow me to use Chrome or Vivaldi or other Chrome-based web browers. This was a shock. I can use Safari on Mac and Firefox.

    The premium version of DesktopServer also allows one to bypass the login to develop. No need to keep entering one's account and password. It is a small perk but great for spontaneity in developing a website.

    DesktopServer unfortunately has a significant limitation: You can't switch between PHP versions. And it hasn't been updated to PHP 5.6 or 7.0. So you can't test for compatibility.

    So I am waiting for the day that Local can utilize Chrome and Chrome-based web browsers.

    Local will apparently also come in the future with a paid version with more features – probably the login bypass.

  11. Can I use flywheel local and then migrate to my current hosting provider rather than Flywheel hosting?

  12. That is pretty cool. I would guess I can answer this by trying but can you publish the created website to any host or do you have to use Flywheel?

  13. www thx again Adam, you doing great job,
    I am presently redoing website of client – I switched from WAMP & MAMP to Local by flywheel (on both PC & Mac) – also going to give elementor a try instead of page builder for now
    Any ideas for good E commerce templates/sites to resource in order to use with elementor and woocommerce
    Cheers buddy!

  14. It is now available for the PC. I just downloaded it.

    Wow! This is so much easier than setting up local with XAMPP. Thanks for the video, Adam! Be sure to mention this in your YouTube notes area, as you promised in the video.

  15. Hello Adam. I'm testing Local (Windows version) but I can't seem to find the Demo URL feature anywhere. Could it not be yet implemented on Windows version…?

  16. Hi Adam, your videos are so helpful for me as a WordPress beginner. The tools you use are fantastic. And I also like the idea to work locally by using Local by Flywheel. But I still don't know which workflow to use when I like to work together with my partner on the same website or page when doing it local.
    Up to now we worked always on the live site, what of cause is a terrible state. So I'm currently looking for a staging environment. One possibility might be by using "WP Stagecoach". But then I wouldn't have the speed of a local hosting environment and the other pros. I did already a lot of research, but did not find a solution for somebody like me who is not coding and is using Beaver Builder. Any ideas?

  17. Another great video, thanks Adam.
    I see some website designers that show some of their 'demo' websites. My question is on their url it will say: demo.(whatever their domain name is).com/(whatever they want to showcase, plumbing, bikes etc….). I went to a domain name provider, and it didn't have: demo.-——–.com/——– Any suggestions?
    I've also seen www.—— or bikes etc…. What do you suggest for a web designer to showcase their websites? Thanks.

  18. Hi Adam – just installed Local on my Windows PC. They obviously watched your review because they now have a preferred setting for PHP ;). Thanks again for a great video!

  19. Yup, I'm sold. This is better than doing everything manually on MAMP. Thanks for creating another excellent tutorial!

  20. Siteground uses Nginx & Apache I'm assuming I should choose Nginx but will this cause issues because there is only a choice for one or the other? – Thanks for the great videos btw

  21. Thanks for sharing, Adam! When setting up Local by Flywheel, do the sites local settings have to mirror my web hosts settings? Im assuming this will be important when it comes to export the site? Any insight you can share would be great.

  22. It appears as if I have to create an account on or to setup and use Local by FlyWheel? Is this correct?

  23. I'm completely lost. I installed Local on my Mac. I also logged into my account on I clicked on "View Site" in the Local app and my empty website template opened up in my browser. I guess I can now customize my website using

  24. I dont understand why they used virtualbox if they can use native Mac app. That is annoying when soft installs other app.

    Also I dont understand how to send remote access to other people if the url is not static?


  25. Hi Adam, I've been trying out Local by Flywheel and agree it has some great features. I did run into one or two bugs, though. The first was that I couldn't update plugins. After some searching around, it turns out to be a long-standing issue, and the only way to fix it right now is to turn off a setting in Local that's used to speed up the server (sorry I can't remember the exact details).

    The other issue I encountered was when I save a site as a blueprint. When I created a new site based on that blueprint, it didn't update the location of some of the images in the database. So, for example, the hero image on the new site points to the location of the old/blueprint site. Have you encountered this? Is it a bug? If so, do you know of a fix other than using the Better Search Replace plugin?

    I'd previously had to do a search and replace in the database with the All in One WP Migration plugin after using it, but I thought blueprints in Local would be more comprehensive than a standard migration plugin like Duplicator or All in One WP Migration.

    Are you currently using Local by Flywheel for your projects? Do you find it stable enough for use in a production environment?


  26. Wow, Adam, Im already into your work and tutes but this is big for me. When I signed up with InMotion I discussed working local and the associate said that was doable for Windows but not sure about Macs. I Googled it and found a blog instructing the MAMP set up for Macs…I think I spent the afternoon last week doing it. Now, after watching this, Im going to ditch that and go with Flywheel…I love the easy set up and a link for sharing!!!! Thanks.

  27. Hey.. I'm on Windows. I install this one. When I try to open it it stuck at checking system. any idea to solve this? Thanks..

  28. The PC version has been out for awhile but it doesn't install properly on W10…go figure. Good idea but just cost me a couple hours down time trying to install and then having to roll back my system. Go with BITNAMI WAMP stack. More complex install but so stable and works.

  29. Adam, is there any way that the link could remain live when my computer is shut down? Helpful it it could particularly when sharing sites with clients within different time zones? Great problem Local by Flywhheel

  30. Adam, perhaps you might be able to advice me regarding Local by Flywheel – I've tried asking the community forum three times but no response. Would you know if I re-install the program, will it wipe out the websites I have created? I have a problem with program hanging resulting in an inability to access websites I have created. Hours of work will be lost and I'm afraid to take a chance of re-installing because I don't know the consequences. If you can't help or have an answer, no problem but I know I can ask the question of you. Thanks

  31. Hi Adam. TY for the video on local by flywheel. a note for anyone asking about PC version. It is now available. I will be installing it on my PC. Question for you Adam….. Can you make a vid on a woocommerce SSL setup for local please. You briefly mention ecommerce in this vid. I like Elementor, woocommerce, paypal merchant, either gator or TMD hosting, and feel your vid tutorials are very informative and easy to learn from because of the way you teach. A SSL woocommerce setup on local flywheel using a template ecommerce would be a great tutorial if you have the time. I sure would thank you if you could slap one of those vids together for myself and everyone.

  32. In case you didn't see the URL in order to download Local by Flywheel:

    and click the "Free Download" button and choose whether you want the Mac version or the Windows version.

  33. Hi Adam, thanks for your great work. How can you put your running website on local just for trying some changes before doing them on site?

  34. Are you recommending this over DesktopServer, which you recommended in a previous video? It sure looks good. I had already bought DesktopServer Premium based on your review and a few other reviews. It works well, but the one thing I was concerned about is a way for my client to review their website. In DesktopServer it appears I would have to publish it to a folder online, but with Local, I can create a link with one click.

  35. Unbelievable that at the time of this video Elementor had 30,000 installs, and a year and one month later it has 400,000! Can it reach 7 digits by the end of the year?

  36. I'm digging Local, but it seems like it is a pretty time intensive process to migrate from Desktop Server to Local (I've got over 30 sites to move if I switch!) do you think they will have an automated tool soon? And if not do you think it is worth the effort? I was going to use backupbuddy to move them all, but sheesh! what a pain! btw, thanks for the helpful videos.

  37. Hello Adam, love this video, thanks for making it. I am trying to find your video showing how to migrate my website using local, can't find yours, did you make one, if so can you send me the link please, many thanks, much appreciated , Angela.

  38. This is exactly what I wanted! I was looking for a solution to build the site offline and then upload it when it was ready to get indexed. Thank you!

  39. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree that the demo URL feature of Flywheel, in addition to its easy use, is the main reason that one may prefer to use it over other programs such as XAMPP to create local WordPress sites. Instead of glossing over them, it would be very helpful if you explain step by step how to use the Exporting and Blueprinting features in Flywheel in the same way you explained the demo URL feature.

  40. Mr Adam, You are Wonderful Man, Many thanks for your Nice Offer To gave as for Free. Thanks For this, God bless you Brother, I want to reach My Goal of WordPress and how to make Make my own Website, I Could Reach my Goal I will Appreciate you so many Times.
    Thanks Again Brother

  41. It keeps showing me the "Checking System" status after it's been successfully installed (I'm using Window). The first time I installed I thought there might be some error so, I restart my PC and still showing the same. Then, I uninstalled and installed it again. I even leave it for more than an hour like that and still nothing. It just doesn't go beyond the Checking System thing. Is this normal?

  42. Very impressive. Trying to down load " and it is stuck in "Starting Local Machine" (using pc)
    Have deleted the download and then retry with new download. Have left it running for several hours. Notice in the menu bar at top o screen there is "Reveal Local's Log…there is a file "error-reporting.json" and the "local-by-flywheel" notepad file has error "VBManage.exe : error Failed to create the host-only adapter.

    Any Suggestions what I might do to get this neat program working.

  43. Great Video! As I see this Flywheel works only as a testing site. Is it possible to upload this staging site to your actual Live site?

  44. Hello Adam, I'm just starting and just found this FlyWheel plugin and your video. Thank you very much. Do you have a noving to live version video tutoriial on that?

  45. Sir when i start flywheel first time the window of flywheel started flickering continually, plz tell me the solution

  46. If anyone can answer this question, I'd appreciate your help. I see that stopping the program will close out the website. When I click Start again, will all of my saved changes still be there? I'm afraid to click Stop and lose all of my work.

  47. hello Adam, could you tell me what should i do if i already have a website and want to change the theme and other stuff in my local computer without loosing my previous data?
    best regards

  48. Hi Adam, great video! Unfortunately, I get an error "this computer doesn't have VT-x/AMD-v enabled, enabling it in BIOS is mandatory…" but there's no such option in my computer (AMD ROG PC). I've checked the Flywheel community and this is a known error but they don't seem to have a resolution. Do you know of any alternative apps that do the same job or if there's a way to get around changing things in BIOS?

  49. yAy thankyou so much – very very new to WordPress, spent a wk trying to get it to run locally. First got it running with Mamp for PC and now with your help have it running on the flywheel as my biggest problem was running more than one local site (and still not sure how to save yet) but luckily it's looking like I can create many within flywheel ' work and show from there. Thank you. Much appreciated and keep up the great tutorials.
    – Chris.

  50. Thankyou so much for this video… Software has changed a bit, but was able duplicate everything you did… Thankyou.

  51. Spoke too soon as now having probs "saying 'Checking System' " Even after many un-install re-install – but no joy so far after many attempts ?? HELP hELp pLeAsE.

  52. Soo… Your awesome. You know that already I told you that and you posted my comment on your FB page. Thanks for that!!! I want to put word press on my PC it's not a Mac. This video was uploaded 2016 I think I read and I'm thinking this works with Windows now. The problem is the site doesn't even look the same anymore. Is there any way to remake this video? I'm going to attempt to do this anyway but I'm sure millions may wanna try it as well and I've seen so many, like done you mentioned, ways to get word press on YouTube and this seems the easiest cause I've tried them all and I still don't have it. Thank you very much and I can't wait to be even 10 percent as awesome as you

  53. Everything installed just fine BUT when I tried to run it, it came back and told me to check with router log and that I also did not have the right to run, but I have admin rights?

    Thanks for any help!!

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