Introducing Local by Flywheel
Starting in 2018, I made my transition from AMPPS to Local by Flywheel (LbF) for WordPress local development. I’ve taken a lot of newer, more in-depth courses on WordPress Theme and Plugin development, and all have recommended LbF for a much faster, more convenient local environment setup. Besides, it has a lot of features that you can take advantage of that you couldn’t do with the other local environment suites mentioned (that also includes AMPPS).
LbF features plenty of good stuff that you can have fun with. Here are a few notable ones:
- Demo URLs (you can share this demo URL to all your friends and colleagues so they can take a live preview of your under-construction site without uploading anything into your remote/live web server, unlike the old days)
- Supports multisite (you can create your WordPress site as a multisite, tweak with it, and you can also back up and install your site to your remote/live server)
- Provides automatic SSL protection (with Google and other industry-standard web browsers, search engines, etc., every website, especially business sites, are now required to have an SSL certificate on their site to protect themselves from getting malicious attacks. LbF will automatically add an SSL certificate to your local URL so that your computer will be protected from getting attacked)
- You can use LbF to test and run non-WordPress PHP script sites (Just install WordPress the same way, then delete all the WordPress files from your folder. More on this much later.)
Are you ready to get started? Let’s do this!