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Work Flow and Building a Local Sandbox (8 posts)

  1. cyrjm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm starting to venture into doing more freelance WordPress sites for friends and clients. I want to do it right and not half a$$ it and am struggling with a consistent workflow.

    Ideally I would like to develop each site locally so I can learn more and more about WordPress but also tweak everything before going live. I'm currently using BitNami but find that I can only have one site at a time.

    I have read their instructions on setting up a Multi Site from within WordPress but cannot open up Port 80 ( as it says is necessary ) because of a Windows 7 component owning that port. My question is this, is there an easy way to just run as many installations of WordPress as I like on my local workstation? I'm starting to ( or at least trying to ) understand phpMyAdmin and am wondering if it's just a matter of creating multiple databases for each site I want to develop?

    I've been Googling like mad to find a good suggestion for total workflow. Start to beginning. Is there a Best Practices guide I should be following? I'm developing from scratch, mostly using pre-made (purchased) themes and going from there.

    Thanks for your time!

    Jay C.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    is there an easy way to just run as many installations of WordPress as I like on my local workstation?

    Multiple installs of WordPress will do the trick. You don't have to create a database for each one but I find that this helps.

  3. cyrjm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Cool...should I just do another install of a BitNami WordPress stack OR since I've already installed BitNami should I just install WordPress by itself?

  4. cyrjm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  5. cyrjm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well, still not an ideal solution but I've think it will do for now. I'm going to be getting an older XP machine this week that I want to convert into a test server. Once I get that I'll try to do it a little differently than having multiple Apache servers and MySQL servers on my desktop workstation.

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'll try to do it a little differently than having multiple Apache servers and MySQL servers

    Why have multiple servers? I've currently got 3 completely separate WP installs running on my local server.

  7. cyrjm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well, maybe I'm wrong...when I'm doing the install it's asking for a new port in which I've given them 81, 82, 83. Then it asks for a port number for the Apache server in which I have given them 3306, 3307, 3308 for the three installs I've done. So maybe I'm not installing an Apache server each time, just assigning each WordPress installation 3 unique port numbers?

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Use a different server - like EasyPHP. I've run more than 2 dozen sites of all types on a single EasyPHP server.

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