DesktopServer : Install WordPress Locally - Work Anywhere!
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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
4.7 (22 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,644 students enrolled
Created by Chris O'Connor
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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

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!

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
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Setting up the Local Environment
5 Lectures 21:59

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

Installing Desktopserver

Running Desktopserver for the First Time

Install and Update WordPress

Using Blueprints

What are the differences between the DesktopServer paid and free versions?
3 questions
Downloading an Existing WordPress Site
2 Lectures 18:38

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.

Importing from a Wordpress Site Management System

How to Import the Export File Generated by a Backup Plugin
Move Your Site Online Using Direct Deploy
1 Lecture 09:53
How to Use the Direct Deploy Method
Move Your Site Online Using Quick Deploy
6 Lectures 16:11
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
Working With the Free Version of DesktopServer
7 Lectures 36:45
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
2 Lectures 06:09
Fixing the Windows 10 "Another Server Running on Port 80" Problem

What to Do if You Get a 403 Error
What's Next?
1 Lecture 00:59
Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
Chris O'Connor
4.6 Average rating
402 Reviews
7,673 Students
9 Courses
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.