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WordPress development using “Local By Flywheel”

What is Dev environment?

Developers/Organizations host many websites on the server where all the users can access it but they cannot test or develop a site directly in the real environment. A dev environment is a copy of your live site. It is a private safe sandbox or playground where one can experiment in and no one from the general public can see the work in progress of the website. Now, the question is which local Wordpress development tool is the best that suits our needs.

Local by FlyWheel is intuitive and user-friendly that has easy to use interface. It is one of the most straightforward tools with plenty of features such as the ability to import remote sites and enabling offsite backups. Setting up a new website is as simple as clicking a button and choosing basic configurations.

WordPress needs an environment with the following three things:

  • PHP
  • Apache(NGINX)
  • MySql (MariaDB)

Some of the features provided by Local by FlyWheel are:

  1. Enabling a new local set up of WordPress with one-click.
  2. It includes local support for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates.
  3. Option to access the sites’ dashboards, databases, and local directories with a click.
  4. Hassle-free local SSL support.
  5. Can create a WordPress multisite.
  6. Providing an option to clone sites, and exporting a live site to a local version, and pushing a local site to live to host at Flywheel.

 

Steps for installation of Local By Flywheel:

  1. Download Local By Flywheel from the site https://localbyflywheel.com/ and click on the Download button then choose the required platform and fill in the basic information.
  2.  After downloading, run the installer file. It will be redirected to the setup page after the installation process.


  3. After the setup is done, it will be redirected to the Local by Flywheel Dashboard.

  4. Now developers are all set to create a first local site. Or, they can connect to FLywheel’s managed hosting services by clicking on the cloud icon and importing a site which is already hosted in FLywheel.
  5. Click on “Create a new site” to create a new WordPress site. Give the site a name and click on continue. Enter the Username, Password, and Email and in “Advanced options”  choose whether the site is multisite or not.

  6. They can see the site listed on the dashboard after the setup is done.
    Developers can start/stop the site and can view the website files from the given URL under the title “\Local Sites\wordpress”.They can import/export the sites to the flywheel account by clicking on the cloud button in the left panel. After logging into your flywheel account, you can easily push/pull the sites to/from the flywheel.

    Conclusion:

    Local by flywheel is a go-to development tool for all the WordPress developers with its easy installation and hassle-free development while offering many advanced options.

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