Test Your WordPress Site Locally tutorial shows you how to test a live WordPress site locally using Xampp. This tutorial is using BackWPup backup plugin.
Last Updated: May 21, 2018
Latest News: I have updated the documentation.
There are times that you might want to work on your live WordPress site locally in a laptop or desktop. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to do that using Xampp. This tutorial will shows you how simple it is to test your site locally by following these steps.
Note: These steps can be applied to any backup plugin as long as the backup is a full backup which includes all the files, folders and the database.
Test Your WordPress Site Locally
Step 1 ) Start Xampp locally in your laptop and click on Start Apache and MySQL as illustrated in the following image.
Step 2 ) The following image shows you the BackWPup backup folder locally. This is the folder that is going to be copied over to the local server “Xampp”.
Note: Remember to unzip the folder content when you copy the folder over to Xampp.
Step 3 ) The following image shows you the files being copied over to the Xampp server.
Step 4 ) Click on phpMyAdmin as illustrated in the following image to import the database from the BackWPup folder.
Step 5 ) The following image shows you a list of databases available in the local server. Make sure you select the correct database to edit.
Note: In your case your database list will be different.
Step 6 ) Click on Structure tab, then click on Check All link to select all tables in the database as illustrated in the image below.
Step 7 ) Click on Drop from the drop down list as illustrated in the image below. This will drop all tables selected from the database.
Step 8 ) The following image shows you the message displayed asking you Do you want to execute the following query?. Click on Yes to drop all the tables.
Click on the following URL Import Database to continue with importing the database locally.
If you have any question please let me know. I will be updating this tutorial from time to time so come back for the latest.
I hope this tutorial helps you.
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