You may have noticed I changed my blog’s design recently. Now my blog is running on Genesis Framework , one of the most powerful WordPress frameworks.
Changing theme for an old site is a little difficult because we need to customize the entire design. Before putting it on the actual site a thorough testing is needed.
If you are starting a new blog, you don’t need a testing environment. You can experiment with your theme and design because nobody knows your blog address .
However, if you want a theme change for your existing blog , better to do it offline first.WordPress allows us to switch the themes easily with a single click, but definitely we had some customization for our new theme. So don’t interrupts your visitors with php errors and bad alignments due to this customization .
Instant WordPress helps you to install WordPress locally on your PC (windows machine). This tool is completely free. It took only a few minutes to setup. So you can test your theme ,design , functionalities before launch.
Installing WordPress on Your PC
1. Download the current version of Instant WordPress from here.
2. Double click on the InstantWP executable and choose an installation folder by clicking the Browse button.
3.Click the Install button. Now you have Instant WordPress on the selected folder .
Working With Instant WordPress
1.To start Instant WordPress simply open the folder where you installed it.
2.Double click on the InstantWP program executable.
3.The Instant WordPress Control Panel will open.
I created a video for showing the step by step process
The Instant WordPress control panel has shortcuts to WordPress front page,WordPress admin, plugin folder, theme folder, mysql admin and documentation.
You can login to the WordPress admin dashboard with ‘admin’ user name and ‘password’ password.
Update the WordPress version if Instantwp has the old version. Install plugins and find a good wordpress theme and test away.
Now you have WordPress on your desktop, so test your themes, layouts, plugins on your local machine.