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Best local WordPress development environment?

Oct. 2, 2017

Need to do a WordPress site for a hobby and am wondering what do you use nowadays to develop WordPress locally? I remember tools like WAMP back in the day. Also do you still develop sites locally or latency is not an issue any more for most purposes?

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Donna Cavalier

I have a dev server on the net. I use that, not local. Works fine.

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David McCan

I've been using Laragon. Pretty easy to get setup and going:

www.webtng.com/best-wamp-server-for-local-wordpress-laragon-is-easy/

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Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with 'sketch')

+1 for Laragon. Not as elegant as Local by Flywheel, but much faster, at least on Windows.

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Phpbits Studio

Been using local.getflywheel.com/ and it's easier :)

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Neil Murray

+ 1 for Local by Flywheel - I haven't had any speed issues on Windows. Being able to switch easily between different versions on PHP is big benefit for me when testing our plugins.

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M Asif Rahman Ⓦ

A lot of us was used to in VV, but now I find Local By Flywheel is the best for Mac or Windows. Its interesting that you have asked this Vladimir, I have a planned blog post about this from last month!

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Vladimir Prelovac

Please do that. Is the number #1 reason people still use local dev. env. just speed and performance of development or is there something else now?

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M Asif Rahman Ⓦ

I would say stability and community around it (means support). And Local is made solely for WP, and it does not crash like VVV if you restarted your System without turning off Vagrant properly. And the way it binds WP-CLI and others tools built-in I can't expect anything else for a free tool, if you ask me I would have paid $100 for this.

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Vladimir Prelovac

Did you try www.kalabox.io/ ?

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Neil Murray

Main reason for me is ease of using Git based development. It's possible to also use Git repos on my current hosting but it's a lot more challenging to setup & use. On local dev using Git repos is dead easy. Also modern JavaScript development requires using JS build tools like npm, yarn, webpack etc. I don't actually know how I would tackle doing that on my current hosting. The only practical way for me to handle this at this stage is a local dev environment.

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Ahmad Awais

DesktopServer is my primary tool and I have a bunch of CLI's that I built to automate a lot of it.
Local is another good option a bit heavy but I use it too.

I use Chasis/VVV depending on the project. But def, not a single tool.

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