Do you have WordPress on your PC?

Long back, when Arun told me about setting up WordPress offline, I thought – why do I need an offline blog when I have it online? But out of curiosity I created one offline.

Soon I found the local installation quite useful. Many a times, I found myself spending time with the offline WordPress blog than the online one. Most of the posts in the articles tagged WordPress Hacks and Plugin Killer are a result of this.

Why go for an Offline Blog, when you can Blog Online?

An offline WordPress installation has a lot of advantages for most of the people.

Testing and Experimentation

WordPress Un-PluggedThis is probably the biggest of all. Try out new plugins and themes without wrecking your blog. Experiment with codes, customize your themes and surprise your readers with a fully functional new look, unlike others who edit the theme after uploading the default theme.

Will your Backup’s Work?

How will you know that the database back-up you took is valid and working? What if you find that a backup is corrupt right when you need it the most? Take backups and see if they are working by testing them out in the local installation of WordPress.

An Offline File Comparator

You can use WordPress to compare two files. You can easily find what are different between two versions of the same file. Details here: WordPress as a File Comparator.

Handle Outages

You are in a mood to blog, unfortunately your server is down or your internet is unavailable. With a local installation, you can write the post offline and copy paste it when you are back online.

Word Processor

WordPress has a decent Word Processor. Combine that with the spell-checker in Firefox, its a much better editor. You cannot save text or handle formats, but the editing part is pretty good.

How to Setup WordPress Offline

  • Download WordPress.
  • Download WAMP.
  • Use this guide to Setup WordPress on your local machine.

Can you think of any more uses? Happy Blogging (offline).

Hello, I am Arun Basil Lal. Thank you for reading!

I am a WordPress product developer and creator of Image Attributes Pro. I am passionate about solving problems and travelling the world.

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  1. Anish KS says:

    I didn’t tried the same, but wamp installed in my system.

  2. Amal Roy says:

    I too used offline wordpress in my pc for a while. Its great for experimenting with themes plugins etc.

  3. Mr. I says:

    EasyPHP is a great alternative to WAMP. I use it for my offline blog and it runs fine.

  4. stc043 says:

    I use another program called XAMPP !although i prefer WAMP for it’s ease of use!
    and as @ArunBasilLal said , wordpress , used offline is a great way to check out themes and plugins which othrwise takes ages!!

  5. Sanjeev says:

    WordPress on local system is very useful for testing and other purposes. You can study wordpress on localsystem. It is really good.

  6. BobM says:

    Thank you, this will be handy

  7. BlogrPro says:

    Well I am always having WordPress in my PC since I am doing various tests and development in it and then will implement in my blog.

    Meanwhile, I didn’t hear about that WordPress as a Word Processor. It’s quite a good idea.

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