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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.

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How To Install a New Website to Hostgator cPanel

How To Install a New Website to Hostgator cPanel

Hostgator is a great web hosting provider.  I’ve been using them for almost two years now, and I absolutely love them.  If I ever have a problem with one of my websites, they get me back in business fast.   I used to use Godaddy who was terrible for hosting a website.  My site was slow to respond, tech support was untrained and I would often wait on hold for way too long.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Godaddy as a domain registrar.  They are great, but for web hosting, Hostgator is where I run my business and they have taken good care of me.

Hostgator has great technical support too, super fast response, and plenty of bandwidth to  run any website you can throw at them.

Hostgator, like many other web hosting providers, uses cPanel as a way for their customers to self maintain their web sites.  cPanel is a software application that is designed to make maintaining a running a website very easy.  It is very powerful and lets you do a lot with  your web site.

How to Create an Addon Website Using Hostgator cPanel

The main thing most people use cPanel for is to install new websites and setup wordpress.   Adding a new website with cPanel is called an Addon domain.  To add a new addon website using cpanel following these steps:

1. Login to your Hostgator cPanel – this is usually going to be http://yourdomain.com/cpanel

2. Scroll down until you see the Domains Section and the Addon Domain icon.

3. Click the Addon Domain icon

4. Enter your new domain name in the text for new domain.

5. When you tab to the next field cPanel will automatically add the Subdomain/FTP user and Document root fields for you.

6. Next enter your password and then retype your password again.

7. Then click add domain.

8. Kick back and enjoy your day – you are the master of your web empire!

It that easy!

Installing addon websites using Hostgator cpanel is very quick and easy.

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