Desktop Server is the best platform for setting up a localhost server for WordPress. It can save you loads of time if you regularly test themes and plugins on your Wordpress site. DesktopServer software makes it easy for you to install WordPress locally, just give your site a name and click a few buttons.
DesktopServer is so easy, you might even think about removing WAMP.
I’ll go through this tutorial to set up a limited version of DesktopServer on OS X.
What is DesktopServer?
DesktopServer allows you to create dozens of “virtual servers” to develop and test themes and plugins on ServerPress.com. Each of these servers is created on your computer and can be accessed via a designated name of your browser, i.e. www.testsite.dev.
I also looked at MAMP earlier this week, a similar server software tool that also provides the necessary server setup to run WordPress on a computer rather than online.
The best thing about DesktopServer is that it’s easier to set up than WAMP and you don’t have to edit any files, such as wp-config.php or .htaccess manually. We will set up a limited version of DesktopServer for this tutorial, which offers a maximum of three virtual servers.
How to Install DesktopServer?
It’s very easy to install DesktopServer. Click on Download in the head of the desktop server. The software also has a pro version, DesktopServer Premium, but today we will stick to the free, limited version.
The file of the Desktop Server is 495 MB. Install DesktopServer as you would any other software on OS X once downloaded.
Accept the terms and conditions in the next window. You will be asked to select a product. 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. Keep selecting “Yes” and click on “Next.”
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. It can be 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. To do this, download the latest WordPress version and place it on your Mac in the Applications / XAMPP / blueprints folder. The latest WordPress version should now be included in your list.
To continue creating a new site, click “Create.”
DesktopServer creates a new WordPress installation. You will be asked to visit the setup page on your newly created site once you have completed it.
The final step is to complete the five – minute installation of the famous WordPress. Fill in your details and click “WordPress Install.”
Your new installation of WordPress will be available on your fake website. I can access my website at www.testsite.dev in my case.
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.