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  • Hello. I am new to WordPress and web designing. I recently completed my Associate’s Degree in computer science, and a friend is in a pinball league and asked me if I wanted to be the main guy of a website. I don’t get paid for it, but I thought it would be great experience, and it would be nice to put on a resume. The site already exists and is hosted at the previous developers home, and my job was to contact a the web hosting service that offered to sponsor the website (which I have done)and get a domain. The original developer used WordPress to make the web site, and I have been added as an administrator, so when I log on I can see and use WordPress. I also tried installing WordPress on my computer unsuccessfully, however I did use the auto installer and it says it’s installed, along with SQL stuff and Azure and other tools that I thought sounded useful. That installation took about 5 hours, so I don’t want to do that again. I need help with installing WordPress on my computer, and I wonder if I actually have to install it on my pc if I can see use it in my browser. Also, I if I can use it in my browser, can I just publish it to my host server from there. If someone could help me out with this, I would really appreciate it.

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  • Part of the power of WordPress is that it is NOT installed on your computer, but “all of it” resides on your web site. This means that you can freely move between computers and still “control” your WordPress-based web site without installing anything on each computer before you can work with WordPress. Or perhaps another way to say it is that your web browser is just a way to “look into” your web site and use WordPress.

    When people install WordPress on their computer, they are essentially making their computer into a web server, with WordPress installed on that web server. Normally just used for creating a test WordPress site, but certainly not required for what you are doing. And most people never do it.

    Thanks for your reply. I talked to the support team at my server and I have now successfully installed WordPress on the server. Now I just need to figure out how to basically copy the site to my new server.



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    Hi Kyle – the Moving_WordPress link is a good one – if you’re going from one webserver to another, use that link.

    If you are indeed looking to run WordPress on your desktop, check out this awesome tutorial :

    If you’re using a PC, you may want to check out this article instead :

    Going through the process of setting up your WordPress site on your computer is a rewarding one, but does take time. If you’re just looking to migrate it to another web server that you and other people can work on, don’t bother setting up WordPress on your desktop just yet.

    I exported the website to an xml file and used the wordpress tool to import it to new web server with partial success. Although it did import the structure, I did have to acquire the theme the previous developer used, which wasn’t difficult, however, the problem is that it does not look the same, so I am a little disappointed by that. There are some issues I still need to resolve. I thought it would just be good to go after importing the xml file and although it did save me a good deal of time setting up menus and pages, the visual appearance is still messed up.

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