Run WordPress on Your Desktop Using XAMPP

This post is the first in a series of posts I’ll be doing to show you how to setup and run WordPress on your desktop or laptop.

You may wonder why on earth would anyone want to run WordPress on their desktop? Well there are a lot of reasons why you might need WordPress running on your desktop. One really good reason that we are going to check out here today is to create a sandbox to help you redesign a live website.

If you have a live WordPress website with a lot of visitors, there are times when you may need to improve the design or layout. But how to do you do this without impacting all of your readers and customers?

Operationally you always want to work on your site during non-peak hours. The web is open 24 hours a day and that means your website is too. To find the the best time to work on your website, fire up AWSTATS in your CPanel and look to see when you have the least amount of visitors to your website.

You lowest traffic day and hour will depend on your readers and your niche.

To make it easy to redesign our web site without worrying too much about the time of day we work on it… we are going to use an open source application called XAMPP that allows us to easily run an Apache web server, a MySQL database and PHP together on our desktop or laptop.  All three of these are the key ingredients for running WordPress.

In the following video I show you where to find XAMPP and how to get it installed.


  1. The instructions on the WP site were too complex. I did not understand them. Can someone explain it to me in such a way that I can understand it? I am not a computer programmer, nor am I a web designer, so I do not understand a lot of the jargon. I just want to bwe able to maintain my web site from my laptop as well as my desktop. I already have WP on my desktop. I need it on my laptop now. Also my laptop runs Vista while my desktop runs XP. Thanks.

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