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  • Hi,

    I am new to this. I am running Vista.

    When trying to use the template, it comes out in code. Do I need to have a host service before I can start building a web page on my laptop?

    Thanks for any help.

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  • WPyogi


    Forum Moderator

    You can use WordPress on a local computer, but you need to use it in a server environment – see

    Thanks for the reply. Will try suggestion.

    The simple answer is YES, you need a web hosting. [moderated – please do not promote or discuss hosting on these forums per the guidelines]

    By “simulated hosting environment” i refer to what is created on your PC by what is described on the link by WPyogi.

    Thanks for your help. I have tried the recomendation by,WPyogi – without success. Although, I have not tried for very long,

    I may try the host route tomorrow.

    Thanks for help!



    Forum Moderator

    @jamesjedi – please see this page re: hosting:

    There are many options and we encourage people to do their own research to find a good fit for their needs.

    Courtney O’Callaghan


    Team Training Wrangler

    Here are some more detailed instructions for installing on your own computer (should be fine with vista):

    This also tells you how to move it from your PC to a hosted site when you are ready.


    Impresive help from members and moderator.

    Two thumbs up for that link courtneydawn. I like. I like.
    Unfortunately it does not indicate how to move from PC to hosted site. Not yet at least.
    I quote:

    Moving Your Test WordPress Site to Your Website

    Coming soon – how to move your test site from your computer back live onto your host server site.

    Plus, I just do not see it worth it to go through all of that instead of spending $12 for a whole year of hosting.
    I compare it to:
    1. One click to install WP site.
    2. If you got special code or template, then upload of that stuff and slight modification of a few files.
    Doing FTP is not even needed.

    jamesjedi, you are welcome. Glad I could help.
    Although, now I am curious to know more about what specifically did not work when you tried the server on PC method? It should have worked on Vista.

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