If you are into blogging and use WordPress, then you might have installed themes and plugins several times. And it is likely that you found it difficult or uncomfortable testing them on your live blog. The obvious alternative is to install WordPress on your local computer and do your testing. While there are several ways to install WordPress locally, one of the easiest is InstantWP.
Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. What’s more you can even install it in a USB drive. Isn’t that convenient? Instant WordPress comes complete with it’s own built in Apache web server, PHP and MySQL installations that are started and stopped automatically. And to make life easier, it includes a set of dummy WordPress posts and pages so that you do not have to create any data or posts to test themes and plugins.
Instant WordPress comes with its own control panel that makes it easy to access your WordPress Frontpage, Admin, Themes folder, Plugins folder and MySQL Admin. It can be installed as many times as you wish and can be deleted by simply removing the folder that it is running from.
The current version of InstandWP is 4.2 and includes:
- WordPress 3.3.2
- Apache 2.2.15 (Win32)
- PHP 5.3.2
- MySQL 5.1.46-community-nt