This is maybe a beginner question, but as Codex Installing WP says, I use to install WP on the server directly and then I do the changes on-line, instead of begin installing on my localhost and do the changes there.

However, I'm guessing this is not a good option. Could anyone confirm me that I should begin installing WP on my localhost?

So instead of http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php, I should go to http://localhost/example/wp-admin/install.php

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    Why not a simple googling answer you? There are plenty of blogs explaining that in details. Dec 8, 2013 at 15:30
  • I wonder why it's not explained on WP official site.
    – Manolo
    Dec 8, 2013 at 15:33
  • possible duplicate of Moving Wordpress from live to local server Dec 8, 2013 at 15:33
  • It actually has Dec 8, 2013 at 15:36
  • Installing WordPress locally is exactly the same as installing it on any other server, once you get the server itself setup. A server is a server. You should give your local server a static (local) IP and use that rather than use "localhost" though, if you need to access from multiple computers
    – s_ha_dum
    Dec 8, 2013 at 16:22

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Generally you should only configure WP for localhost if you have physical possession of the computer/server. You cannot access localhost of a remote computer. Well there are tricks that this is beyond the scope of this discussion.

Edited to add To install WP on localhost, after installing the WP files, go to:


or if you installed WP in a sub-directory:

  • When I say localhost I mean my own computer and not the real server
    – Manolo
    Dec 9, 2013 at 12:43

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