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  • I know I need the MySQL database to power my WordPress blog.

    The only place I know of to get MySQL database is a non-local server. (Aren’t all servers non-local?)

    The file wp-config.php reads as follows:
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value
    The way I understand it, there is a 100% chance that I need to change “localhost” to something non-local.
    Why the contradiction? Or am I confused about something?

    Is it possible to install & design a wordpress blog locally without actually “powering” it with the My SQL? (I MySQL get from a non-local server?)

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