Instant WP is a free standalone portable environment where you can develop a self-hosted WordPress site if the web is not accessible. Known as “Instant WordPress,” InstantWP’s best feature is that you can run it right off of a thumb drive or external hard drive but can also run right off of your computer. Obviously, these changes are not live.
Another benefit of InstantWP is that it comes with many different kinds of “guinea pig” posts and such so you have content to refer to when choosing a WordPress Theme. You can install InstantWP as many times as you’d like on as many devices as you’d like. In the case of a group project, you could hand off the thumb drive with InstantWP installed to another team member and they can open it and start editing from where you left off.
InstantWP is only for Windows operating systems. It does not work on Mac or other operating systems.
How To Install InstantWP
To install InstantWP, go to InstantWP to download the program.
Scroll about half way down the page and there is another Download Instant WordPress button.
When you click this button, a dialog box will come up, click run.
When the Instant WordPress Installer is finished downloading, open it and follow the installation prompts.
Install InstantWP to wherever you need it, to your desktop or laptop computer or to a thumbdrive or portable hard drive. During the installation you will be asked where to make a choice. You may install it to multiple locations, too.
Once installed, InstantWP installs a micro-server, if you will, with Apache, MySQL, PHP, and WordPress. To start the server and run InstantWP, open the folder to which you installed it and double click on the
InstantWP.exe application file.
You should now see a window with six blue boxes. Above the boxes, there should be a URL with a button next to it that will copy that URL to your clipboard.
Here the user may run into some problems.
If you click the blue button area to log into the test site build into InstantWP, it will automatically start the Internet Explorer browser and load WordPress and the site. Microsoft Internet Explorer has a long history as a non-web standard browser, though version 10 is much better.
If you do not wish to use Internet Explorer, use the button next to the site link labeled Copy WordPress URL to Clipboard and paste it into the browser of your choice, preferrably Firefox or Chrome. Just remember that the WordPress Admin or WordPress Frontpage buttons will load Internet Explorer by default.
Per the instructions, use “admin” as the username and “password” as the password. Once you’re signed in, it should look like this:
You now have Instant WordPress installed. You can use InstantWP just as you would the self-hosted version of WordPress but keep in mind that it is not live.
You may install WordPress Themes and WordPress Plugins using the same methods as you would on a self-hosted site, but if you would like specifics for installing a Plugin on InstantWP, see “How to Install a WordPress Plugin on InstantWP.”