When I started blogging, I didn’t know what blogging platform to use. There were many choices in Fantastico to install. I don’t remember why I preferred WordPress over the other when I don’t have a single idea about WordPress then. Now I know I made the right choice. I so love WordPress! There are plenty of themes and plugins to choose from.
I tested every themes and plugin I found interesting. I also became hooked on designing my first ever WP theme. And because it consumes most of my time by uploading everything to my server, I googled on how I can install WordPress in Windows XP. I saw Geeks are Sexy’s detailed tutorial on Installing WordPress Locally Under Windows XP. She’s using XAMPP lite for Windows but I already have EasyPHP installed in my system. EasyPHP and XAMPP are applications that install Apache, MySQL, and PHP on Windows, making your PC into a server, capable of running scripts locally.
With EasyPHP already installed, I downloaded WP and set-up the database. It was as easy as 1-2-3! In no time, I have an offline blog, my test blog that looks exactly like my online blog. 🙂 I had fun exploring and testing everything! Here you can read my post on Installing WordPress Locally Using EasyPHP.
And here are the Benefits of Local WordPress Install
- You can play around with themes and plugins without breaking online blog.
- It saves time and bandwidth since you don’t have to consistently upload the changes on your server.
- You can test drive and explore the latest WordPress release.