Today I bring you LocalWP (Short for Local WordPress) version 2.1.0 (FREE Program). This release includes new features, updated server software, visual enhancements, and much more.
I have been working on this one for quite a while now, and have put in a couple hundred hours developing and testing it.
If you have used an earlier release I would consider downloading and check this one out. It includes new user-friendly features that are worth exploring. All you need to do is download, extract, start the program, and you can use WordPress locally on your computer (almost instantly).
What is included now:
LocalWP 2.1.0 (32-bit and 64-bit versions)
- Apache 2.2.25
- MySQL 5.5.34
- PHP 5.3.22
- phpMyAdmin 4.0.7
- WordPress 3.6.1
Download either the 32-bit or 64-bit version for FREE here:
There is a small little message that will appear in the lower right corner of your computer screen above the time clock after about 10 minutes. It will stay there until you close LocalWP. It just says the version number by DialMe.com, and informs you that it is donationware. This message could be removed completely in future versions once I hit my target donation amount, which could be months, years, or never.
If this message bothers you too much you can:
1. Make a donation and we will send you an update without the message.
2. Restart LocalWP after the message appears and you have 10 more minutes without it.
3. Don’t use LocalWP.
*See the ReadMe file or button in LocalWP for more details.
Overall it’s very small and not that noticeable.
LocalWP allows you to use WordPress on your local Windows computer in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is download, extract, and you can begin using WordPress. You don’t have to install or configure anything like a database. It is pre-configured and ready to go.
LocalWP 2.1.0 details and features
New Server Software:
Apache, MySQL, and phpMyAdmin were updated in this release. It is slightly larger in file size/space than the previous version, which is mostly because MySQL 5.5.34 is larger than previous 5.1.70.
Server related configuration changes can now be found by clicking on the LocalWP Settings button.
You shouldn’t have to change any of these settings. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend doing so if you don’t know what they are for or do. Using the default pre-defined options will be more than adequate for most users. However, they are there for those of you that are brave or have more experience.
In the settings area you will be able to change 5 of the more common PHP settings, as well as enable/disable APC cache. You can also use the Open PHP INI button if you want to make advanced changes.
New Sendmail Feature:
You can enable/disable a Windows Sendmail feature. Simply fill in your SMTP credentials and save the changes. This will allow you to send email with WordPress like plugins, etc. It would primarily be used for testing email/message delivery.
Here you have the option of generating a custom httpd.conf file. View/Edit a custom httpd.conf file, and delete custom httpd.conf.
LocalWP automatically creates a new httpd.conf file each time it starts. This is necessary in case you want to move LocalWP to another location at a later time. It will automatically update and adjust the location paths if you move it.
If for some reason you want to use your own custom httpd.conf file click the “Generate Custom httpd.conf” button and an exact copy of httpd.conf will be created called httpd-custom.conf. Each time LocalWP starts it looks for httpd-custom.conf. If it finds it, it will use that one. If not it will generate and use httpd.conf. If you generate a custom-httpd.conf file any changes you make to this file will remain intact. Be sure to restart LocalWP afterwards so the changes take effect.
The View/Edit Custom httpd.conf button will open httpd-custom.conf if you generated one, which you can then edit as much as you want. If it doesn’t exist the default httpd.conf file will open for reference only.
If you mess up or change your mind later you can use the Delete Custom httpd.conf button to get rid of it. Then, restart LocalWP and it will revert back to using the default httpd.conf file.
You have the option of using MyISAM or InnoDB database engines. The default is MyISAM, and it is recommended that you use this setting for local development. However, you can switch between the two for testing.
You can also open the MySQL configuration (my.ini) by clicking on the View/Edit my.ini button.
There are new visual start up, shutdown, and restart screens, as well as social icon/links included now.
And, much more!
LocalWP 2.1.0 Main: