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WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook by Yannick Lefebvre

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Installing a web server on your computer

The first step to configure a local development environment is to install a local web server on your computer. This will transform your computer into a system capable of displaying web pages and performing all tasks related to rendering a WordPress website locally.

Having a local web server has many benefits:

  • Provides a quick response to the frequent page refreshes that are made as plugin code is written, tested, and refined, since all information is processed locally
  • Removes the need to constantly upload new plugin file versions to a remote web server to validate code changes
  • Allows development to take place when no Internet connection is available (for example, when traveling on an airplane)
  • Offers a worry-free ...

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