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Using BackupBuddy to Develop a WordPress Site Locally

Because WordPress requires PHP and a database to operate, many web developers build their sites on a remote web server. However, a remote web server can be slow to update and access. A much better option is to develop your WordPress site locally on your own computer, and then use BackupBuddy to publish the site to the web.

Select a Localhost Software

To begin, choose and install a software that will enable your computer to function as a web server, called a localhost. WAMP and XAMPP are good choices for the PC. And for the Mac, MAMP works very well.

For more in-depth information on setting up your localhost, check out the WordPress Localhost webinar from WebDesign.com

The Benefits of Developing on a Localhost

Why go through the trouble of setting up a localhost? Consider this. Depending on the speed of your remote web server, you will typically wait 5-10 seconds every time you do anything. On a localhost, everything happens almost instantly.

How often do you wait for pages to refresh on a web server as you’re adding pages, plugins, or menu items? Those 5-10 second waits can add up to hours over the life of the average web project.

The Problem with Developing on a Localhost

Many WordPress developers understand the value of building their web sites on a localhost. But they are left with a troubling problem: once the site is built on my computer, how do I move it to the web?

One option is to manually move the files and database to the web server, and then update the Site URL in the WordPress settings area.


Unfortunately, even with the updated site URL, any pictures or links to other pages in the site will still be using the URL of your localhost and not the web server, which will result in broken links throughout your site. To fix this problem, you’d have to manually search and replace the old URL with the new one using a tool like phpMyAdmin.


This can be tedious and risky work and could likely consume any time you saved by developing locally to begin with.

BackupBuddy to the Rescue

Here is yet another reason why BackupBuddy is an indispensible tool for web developers. It allows us to develop a web site locally and then migrate it to a new location, updating the WordPress database with all of the correct URLs along the way.

Watch the Video: Using BackupBuddy to Develop a WordPress Site on Your Own Computer


Stay tuned for more BackupBuddy for Freelancers posts this week, May 13–17. We’ll be sharing more tips for client work and speeding up your WordPress development workflow with BackupBuddy.


  1. Great tips. The video, however, won’t play on my Android phone in any of the browsers. I have the stock Samsung Note 2 with the stock Internet Browser, Dolphin, and Google Chrome. Any way to fix that? I pretty much consume all my rss and newsletters on my phone for convenience. Thanks for great tips and seminars.



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