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Work Flow and Building a Local Sandbox

  • 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.

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  • esmi

    @esmi

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    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.

    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?

    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.

    esmi

    @esmi

    Forum Moderator

    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.

    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?

    esmi

    @esmi

    Forum Moderator

    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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