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Local by Flywheel

Provides a simple, local development environment with a friendly GUI.

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We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on various public social media platforms and blogs. They can help you see what people think about Local by Flywheel and what they use it for.
  • WordPress next, and beyond: breaking the technical enclosure
    Yeah -- though I think VVV has been thoroughly supplanted by Local: Which almost every serious WP developer I know uses. (I personally use my own simplified Vagrant package management scripts with some ssh_config integration hooks because I work on more than WP and value standardisation across VM environments more than I value the features Local adds). - Source: Hacker News / about 1 month ago
  • Introducing WP Setup
    Developing WordPress plugins and themes often requires a reliable development environment. Current we have good solutions as wp-env from Autommatic, Local WP from WP Engine, Docker, XAMPP (for old ones) and so on. All this can be good suits for a development environment, specially Local WP that is probably the easiest one to get up and running and wp-env that leverages Docker as a development environment in a very... - Source: / 3 months ago
  • Self hosting wordpress for testing
    Personally if you’re on windows I like using localwp ( from wheelfly / wpengine it lets you quickly spin up multiple sites, duplicate them, test mail, one click admin, etc. Its helped me prototype multiple websites over the last year faster than I ever did manually setting up Wordpress instances on vms or docker. Source: 7 months ago
  • WordPress in Linux
    Adding to the above recommendations, you could also try Local by Flywheel: Source: 7 months ago
  • Is there any training program on basic PHP for WordPress?
    IMHO Don't worry about the Flywheel environment that's referred to in in the course, just use Local WP to provision a local hosting environment – or MAMP or whatever you prefer – and go from there. Source: 11 months ago
  • Is there a "For Dummies" explanation of using PHPStorm from Win10 and Xdebug remotely?
    I tried to set things up locally with Local, but man was that slow and the available components (like PHP) are not the same version as on the production server so I worry about compatibility. Source: 12 months ago
  • WordPress Playground: A WordPress that runs in the browser
    This looks interesting, but a better option in my opinion is to use the Local app (on Mac) to install a lightweight VM running WordPress in seconds. Then you have all the tools, for example phpmyadmin and MySQL database management, all running locally on your Mac, and with Internet access - Source: Hacker News / almost 1 year ago
  • Should I use WordPress or code from scratch?
    You can build the site locally using Local from It let's you share a link to it, for clients, etc. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Web designer bailed and I need to update Wordpress version and migrate to GA4. Don't want to break the site/theme.
    Creating a local copy of your site for testing is highly recommended. Then you can quickly test changes/updates to ensure nothing breaks before updating the live site. A tool like Local makes setting up a local site for testing fairly simple (see documentation for instructions on creating a copy of your live site). Source: about 1 year ago
  • Noob here!! 👋
    You should install LocalWP on your own computer first maybe, and experiment with the All In One Migration plugin or Duplicator and get to grips with restoring the site in a local development environment first, before dealing with live servers. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Is WordPress + WooCommerce the right thing for me?
    I believe that YouTube video above is using to develop the site locally, so really you should just install that on your computer and have a go. See how you get on. Source: about 1 year ago
  • IDN support?
    Download "Local" from so you can get learn WP on your own PC. Source: about 1 year ago
  • What is a general timeline to become proficient in Wordpress?
    Install local WP ( , stick with default (2023) theme or Frost if you go FSE road and learn basic. If you can devote 60-80 hours a month, three to four months will be enough to understand concepts, framework, structure and elements of WP. Then you can switch to 'school theme' and play with it. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Can I start creating my website on Wordpress before I have the domain?
    Here's the link for OP, just to remove the need to go searching. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Landing Page Error
    That could be, because hosting is basically the base where the website lives. Try to use a local development solution, it will be much more stable then the free hosts, can’t be accessed online unless if you want, and can be migrated and published on a good host later when you’re ready to open it for public. I would recommend using, download the app and install it, create the account, you will... Source: about 1 year ago
  • Major issues with block editor.
    I was going to make the same suggestion - install LocalWP and place a copy of your site there on your own platform and see how it behaves. Source: about 1 year ago
  • How valid are thse ChatGPT instructions? I'm a total noob
    Accurate, but it also does not recommend a tool I find makes this a ton easier, Local by Flywheel. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Need help with obituary site for school project.
    Ignoring that, why don't you Just install localwp on your own computer, so that you can make use of ACTUAL WordPress (.org, not .com which is literally just as locked down version of where you're forced to pay money to unlock the most basic WordPress features). Source: about 1 year ago
  • How to set environment in Local to run PHP files?
    When you say local, you're talking about local WP right?: Source: about 1 year ago
  • Would Wordpress be sufficient to begin the development of this idea?
    You can also install WordPress locally on your computer using something like That way you can just start installing plugins / setting up your site on your own computer to test things out. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Need help trying to make a website server on Ubuntu for Wordpress
    Yes, Local is the way to go and it’s free. I have this running in an ubuntu vm on a windows 10 pc from 2012 and it’s awesome for local development. Source: about 1 year ago

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One-click WordPress Installation – Local by Flywheel makes creating a local WordPress site a light breeze, so you don’t have to bother with setting it up yourself!

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