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Laragon: Offline WordPress Development Made Easy

Laragon is a blazing fast and robust program that allows developers to set up and launch local offline WordPress installs in minutes, no hours. Similar to tools XAMPP and MAMP, Laragon allows WordPress developers to quickly install and launch an offline WordPress installation for local development.

You may be wondering what’s the point of getting Laragon if you’re already using XAMPP for offline WordPress development. The biggest differences between these two tools are Laragon’s quick app feature and pretty URLs. The quick app feature automatically downloads, installs and sets up a WordPress installation in one click, saving hours of work. Additionally, the pretty URLs feature gets rid of the “localhost/url” and replaces it with the much better “.test” TLD (Top Level Domain).

Of course, Laragon is used for more than WordPress, but this is a blog focused mainly on WordPress design, so that’s what I’ll be covering.

Download Laragon here: link

Laragon WordPress local development tool
The Laragon interface

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My favourite features

Fast!!

I was using XAMPP to set up local development environments for my WordPress installs because that’s what I learned in school. I always hated slow and clunky XAMPP felt, and when I heard about Laragon in a YouTube, I had to test it out. Suffice to say; I was blown away with how fast Laragon was, how easy it was to set up and launch projects. I don’t see myself ever going back to XAMPP.

Pretty URLs

Unlike XAMPP, Laragon replaces those ugly http://localhost/yourwebsite URLs with a much more attractive http://yourwebsite.test. Of course, you can always type http://localhost to see all your created websites.

One click install for WordPress

Database who?

Laragon allows users to install WordPress and set-up the databases with Laragon’s quick app feature. Just fill in your login details, and you’re good to go! I find this very useful when compared to XAMPP, where I had to set up the database, download and install WordPress before I was able to start working.

Laragon WordPress local development tool

How to install WordPress on Laragon

Download and install Laragon here and launch the program. Right-click anywhere on the app and choose the “Quick app” menu item and choose “WordPress”.

Laragon WordPress local development tool

Enter the name of your Project when the prompt appears

Laragon WordPress local development tool

WordPress will automatically start to download and install. It might take some time depending on your internet speed so be patient. This is one time only. Future WordPress installations will use the Cached/Local version you previously downloaded.

Laragon offline  WordPress local development tool is better than xampp

Once the installation is finished. Click “Visit site” and it will take you to the WordPress onboarding page.

Laragon offline  WordPress local development tool is better than xampp

Choose the appropriate language

Laragon WordPress local development tool

Fill in your login information. Use your actual email if you plan to push this site live.

Laragon WordPress local development tool

Log in to your WordPress account

Laragon WordPress local development tool

There we go! Your brand new installation of WordPress is ready.

Laragon WordPress local development tool

If you want to load your website at a later time, you can access it from Laragon’s right-click context menu or by typing http://yoururlhere.test.

Laragon offline  WordPress local development tool is better than xampp

How to update to Laragon PHP 7.4

Laragon comes prepackaged with PHP 7.2, but you can easily update to PHP 7.4 by following this tutorial the developer, Leo K added to the forum. Link

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