In Wibble, we are always trying to improve and further enhance our development set up for designing and developing websites. Previously, Dean wrote about our new approach to concept creation and prototyping with his blog on How to interact with, create and share a XD prototype.

In this post we are looking at some research we did into how to improve our development set up and make the process for developing WordPress sites better. Adam has put together a guide on how to set it and configure so you can quickly spin up a WordPress site.

Local by Flywheel has become the number 1 local WordPress development tool by removing the time needed to install WordPress to pre-existing localhost development tools, giving the developer more time to launch WordPress sites. Local has tons of free features to use, like SSL protection of local sites with the ability to change your local domain name, hot-swapping environments from different versions of PHP, MySQL and web servers (Appache, Nginx), and with the ability to install add-ons to further improve your sites local development (list of full features).

Here at Wibble we use WordPress for all our web design and development projects, so a tool like Local really improves workflow when creating development sites for our clients. Here I will be showing you how to set up your own local WordPress site with Local, and install extensions to improve your workflow.

Setting up a WordPress site with Local by Flywheel.

  1. Navigate to localbyflywheel.com and click free download.

2. Launch Local and click “create a new site”.

3. Create a name for your site, this will be saved in a folder called Local Sites on your computer. You can change the directory or domain by clicking “advanced options”.

4. You then choose your environment, for most cases just select preferred as it is the default, but in this example we will choose custom to allow us to setup our extensions.

5. Now create your WordPress login and click “add site”, this will create your site files in your chosen directory.

6. From your dashboard you can view the site by clicking “view site” or enter your WordPress dashboard by clicking “admin”.

7. You can access the sites database by navigating to the database tab on the Local dashboard and clicking “adminer”.

8. To further improve your development using Local, you can add extensions. Navigate on the left sidebar to extensions. From here you will see all the available extensions for install.

Conclusion

Local by flywheel has become such an important tool for me when developing sites for our clients. From the easy installation of WordPress and the ability to save a certain setup as a blueprint, couldn’t make the process any easier.

I know for certain if I had of known about this tool years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time in developing in the past. I hope if you were following along with this tutorial everything went as smooth as it has for me, and maybe you too will start to love this tool as I have whilst developing WordPress sites.