DesktopServer : Install WordPress Locally - Work Anywhere!

Learn how to install WordPress locally, work offline, and move your sites easily between your PC/Mac and a webhost
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

This course will teach you about DesktopServer and how to use it to set up a web server environment on your Windows PC or Mac so that you can work with WordPress locally.

This is not a course that teaches you how to do WordPress development or WordPress web design, but it is ideal for anyone that is a WordPress developer or web designer, or even just someone who want to play around and become familiar with WordPress without having the hassle of buying a domain and hosting.

This course shows you exactly how to quickly and easily create a local environment where you can...

  • Do all of your work, without the need for a web hosting environment
  • Work with, or learn, WordPress locally
  • Work on client sites away from the live environment
  • Design, develop, and test in a secure and private environment
  • Safely run old versions of WordPress without the risk of getting hacked, infected, or compromised
  • Make changes - without the risk of breaking the live site
  • Put security in place BEFORE your website online

In addition, you'll learn how to create template sites, pre-populated with your essential plugins and theme that you can use as a starting point for any new site you build. Just click a button and have the site built for you!

DesktopServer comes in two versions, free, and paid. This course takes you through how to use BOTH the paid and free versions to work with and move your sites between the online hosted environment and the local PC/Mac environment.

The example site used in the course is a real site that is under development for a client, and the course had been created by someone who has been actively using WordPress since it's very first release in 2003.

This is the quickest and simplest way to work with WordPress offline that I know of, and is used by numerous WordPress professionals around the world.

Just click on the blue button that says 'Take this course', and remember, it's entirely risk free!

What are the requirements?

  • Prior experience of using WordPress is useful, but not essential
  • DesktopServer is available for Windows and Mac, so you will need a computer running one of these operating systems

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Install and set up DesktopServer
  • Create pre-configured WordPress sites that can be used as a starting point when creating a new site
  • Take sites from an online hosted environment and migrate them to the PC or Mac
  • Work with WordPress offline
  • Move sites from the local DesktopServer environment and deploy them online

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is ideal for web designers and WordPress developers
  • The course is perfect for anyone who works with WordPress and wants the freedom to work anywhere they want
  • It is also ideal for anyone who wants to find out what WordPress is all about, without the hassle and expense of buying a domain name and hosting
  • The course is also for anyone that needs to make changes to a WordPress site, or build a WordPress site and do so in a safe, secure manner, and without disrupting the existing site or it's users

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and Course Outline
Important Information About Watching This Course
What We Are Going to Cover on the Course
What DesktopServer Is, and Why You Should Use It
The Different Versions Explained
Practical Exercise
Section 2: Setting up the Local Environment

In this lecture you will be taken through how to install the file you downloaded from ServerPress.

Running Desktopserver for the First Time
Install and Update WordPress
Using Blueprints
Uninstalling DesktopServer
What are the differences between the DesktopServer paid and free versions?
3 questions
Section 3: Downloading an Existing WordPress Site

DesktopServer can import sites from a range of file exports. In this lecture we take a look at the options DesktopServer provides when it comes to imports. The lecture explains about InfiniteWP and takes you through how to create a backup using it, and then take that backup file and use it to re-create the site locally in DesktopServer.

How to Import the Export File Generated by a Backup Plugin
Section 4: Move Your Site Online Using Direct Deploy
How to Use the Direct Deploy Method
Section 5: Move Your Site Online Using Quick Deploy
Why QuickDeploy?
Populate Database Details Using the Plugin
An Alternative Way to Populate the Database Details
Creating the Export File
Running the QuickDeploy PHP File
QuickDeploy Practical Exercise
Section 6: Working With the Free Version of DesktopServer
A Free and Easy Way to Move a Site Online - Part 1
A Free and Easy Way to Move a Site Online - Part 2
Moving an Online Site to Your Local DesktopServer - Introduction
Creating and Downloading the Export File
Creating an Empty Site and Preparing for Import
Starting the Restore Process and Handling Problems
Finishing the Install, and the Important Final Steps
Section 7: Troubleshooting
Fixing the Windows 10 "Another Server Running on Port 80" Problem
What to Do if You Get a 403 Error
Section 8: What's Next?
Bonus Lecture

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Instructor Biography

Chris O'Connor, WordPress Expert, Author, Raspberry Pi Enthusiast

I've been building web sites since the mid/late 90's, and am the author of the book WordPress For All : How To Create A Website For Business Or Personal Use, Quickly & Easily - Whatever Your Skill Level. It is available available on Amazon for the Kindle, with a paperback version due to follow in the near future.

I've been using WordPress since it was first released, and prior to that, B2 (the software WordPress was forked from). I've built numerous websites both for myself and for clients, using HTML, WordPress, and Joomla. From the very first commercial web site I built (in the days before Google existed) I have made a point of building my sites with search engine optimisation in mind, and have had top ranking for many of my sites for some of the toughest keywords out there.

I'm a big fan of Twitter, and if you follow me on Twitter then make sure you let me know that you found me on Udemy and I'll be sure to follow you back.

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