Local by Flywheel: A Local WordPress Development Environment.

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This article focuses on the key aspects of running/developing your WordPress website without you having to worry about setting up your local development/production environment. We'll be focusing on the following aspects:

  1. What's Local by Flywheel?
  2. A summary of why Flywheel's Local was developed.
  3. Who is Local by Flywheel backed by and what are the costs?
  4. How to setup Flywheel's Local on you computer?
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I as a WordPress developer and enthusiast know how important it is to load your WordPress website as fast as possible, especially during the development phase to test out various designs and implementations.

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I also know that working on a production environment is not as safe as it sounds. GUI right? What could go wrong?

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But… One mistake and your entire site is down. Happened to me once, and I had pleasure to rework the entire site from the scratch.

I don't want this to happen to any of you. So…

Presenting Local by Flywheel

To begin with, Flywheel is another fully managed WordPress hosting company. But Flywheel is not just another WordPress hosting company. It's a platform that offers you with the most delightful and professional managed WordPress hosting package. They also offer you with a bunch load of tools to manage your workflow which are a dream for millions of agencies and developers.

Flywheel offers a next-level platform that allows you to quickly and easily build, launch, and manage any (and all!) of your powerful and influential WordPress sites.

They even offer you free WordPress migrations to flywheel.

Here's the most interesting part

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Flywheel has developed a tool for all the agencies and developers out there. And it's called as Local. The name says it all.

I always wanted to be able to develop WordPress websites fast on my computer. And Local by Flywheel has made it possible. You don't have to go through the tedious process of setting up a local WordPress development environment every time you start a new project. Local by Flywheel handles all the nitty-gritty of setting it up.

And Local is packed with all the features you need to push your development environment to the production.

WP Engine. What's the relation?

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Local is fully integrated with the Flywheel platform and WP Engine. As a matter of fact, Flywheel is a subsidiary of WP Engine. Flywheel is managed by WP Engine. So if you are planning to start using Flywheel or Local by Flywheel, worry not. You are in good hands.

And to those of you who don't know what WP Engine is…

WP Engine is one of the world's most leading WordPress platforms who seamlessly simplify the developers life. They handle anything from small agencies to ginormous corporates, which include but not limited to Soundcloud, WPBeginner and WebDev Studios.

Now talking about Local by Flywheel

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Flywheel made Local with 1 sole purpose. And that's to simplify the developer workflow. It helps developers save time on debugging local development environments and spend more time and focus on developing WordPress sites.

Flywheel has incorporated the following features

Automatic WordPress installation

Now you can setup WordPress in a single click. And the most amazing thing about this one click installation is that it automatically installs an SSL certificate for you. Pretty amazing right?

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Live Links

What if you could send samples to your friends, co-workers or clients to get feedback right from your development environment? Flywheel's Local offers a quite handy feature called as Live Links. You can create persistent URLs to your development site and share it without even deploying.

Advanced developer tools

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Local by Flywheel also hands you the option to connect via the SSH, WP-CLI to handle all the necessary tasks from the command line, and the ability to hot-swap php environment to test out different functions. Thanks to Flywheel's Local, debugging is a lot easier and less time consuming now.

One-click admin login

I don't like remembering passwords. And if you are like me, well, congratulations. With Flywheel's Local, you no more need to manage various usernames and passwords. You can login to WordPress dashboard with one single click.

And now to my most favorite feature

Local Connect

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I literally used to spend hours cloning sites from production to staging and back to production. I don't have to do that anymore. Local by Flywheel's feature to seamlessly push and pull sites from or to Flywheel's own platform or WP Engine's has provided a super-smooth offline editing and going live experience.

Other tools and features

Local is also packed with features and tools like Link Checker, Image Optimizer, and Instant Reload. They also provide you with cloud backups so that you don't have to fear losing data, ever. Local also offers plenty of other features too. Check out all of Local's features on Flywheel's Website.

Let's get to installing Local by Flywheel.

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Local is supported natively on Windows, MacOS and Linux (both Debian based and RHEL based). There’s no technical expertise needed in installing Flywheel’s Local on your PC.

Here’s how you can install Flywheel’s Local

Head over to Local’s official website and download the installer. Install it as you would install another other application. They have a very good documentation that will help you if you are stuck at any point of time. You can also download different versions of Local by Flywheel from their releases page.

But before you go, we think sharing this post may help someone solve their problem of setting up development environments, but will definitely help us grow. Thanks for sharing.

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