Desktop Server is the best platform for setting up a localhost server for WordPress. If you regularly test themes and plugins on your WordPress site, it can save you a lot of time. It’s easy to set WordPress up locally, give your site a name and click a few buttons with DesktopServer.
DesktopServer is so simple that you could even think of deleting WAMP.
I will use this tutorial to establish a limited DesktopServer version on OS X.
What is DesktopServer?
I’ve also looked at MAMP earlier this week, providing the server setup needed for running WordPress on the computer instead of online.
DesktopServer is easier than WAMP and no files like wp-config.php or .htaccess need to be edited manually. For this tutorial, we will create a limited version of DesktopServer, offering up to three virtual servers.
How to Install the DesktopServer?
Installing DesktopServer is very easy. Click on Download in the head of the desktop server. The software also comes with a pro version, DesktopServer Premium, but the free, limited version is still in place today.
The file of the Desktop Server is 495 MB.
Accept the terms and conditions in the next window. A selection of a product is requested. Select “New Installation Limited DesktopServer.”
The DesktopServer then continues to install and asks you to close the installer.
The software then invites you to restart and create, modify, start and stop the web service as an admin. Select “Yes” and click “Next.”
In order to run WordPress, you will be asked to start running Apache and MySQL services. Select “Yes” and press “Next.” Then click on “Yes.”
Now that DesktopServer is running, you’ll be asked if you want to create a new website for the developer. Select option 3 and click “Next.”
Enter a fictitious name for your site under the site name. You can do whatever you want. Since I’m going to use this installation as a test site, I called my “test site”.
Select the latest WordPress version in the Blueprint. If it is not available, it can be added to the list manually. Download and put on your Mac in the folder Application / XAMPP / Blueprints, the newest version of WordPress. The latest WordPress version should now be included in your list.
Click “Create” to continue building a new site.
DesktopServer creates a new WordPress installation. After you have finished the setup page, you will be asked to visit your newly created website.
The final step is to complete the five – minute installation of the famous WordPress. Complete and click on the “Install WordPress” button.
Your new installation of WordPress will be available on your fake website. On www.testsite.dev in my case, I can access my website.
About WordPress Multisite?
Unfortunately, Multisite is not supported by the limited version of DesktopServer. The premium version, though, does. It costs $ 99.95 a year and includes support access, updates, and additional features.
If you want to set up a local server environment, DesktopServer is a great solution. It’s quick and easy to install, and if you manage less than three sites at any time, the free limited version is more than enough. You may consider upgrading to DesktopServer Premium if you need more than three virtual development sites.