Local by Flywheel: Installation

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Now that we have Local by Flywheel downloaded, we need to install it (which is a very simple install). Launch the downloaded installer and click the Let’s Go! button to start the installation:

Click Let

The installation of the two components, VirtualBox and Host machine, may take a few minutes, but once completed you’ll be taken to the Create aew site step.

I’ll cover the creation of a site in the next post in this series.

Local by Flywheel: VT-X/AMD Error During Installation

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If when you install Local by Flywheel you receive the following error, it possibly means you have another hypervisor, such as Hyper-V, running:

Error message: Error with pre-create check: "This computer doesn

Disable the other hypervisor (see the last post in this series for how to disable the Hyper-V one) and restart the installation.

Local by Flywheel: Disable Other Hypervisors Before Installing Local by Flywheel

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Local by Flywheel works by installing VirtualBox; if you are running any other visrtualsiation software, you need to make sure that it, and the related hypervisor, is disabled.

In my case, I am using Hyper-V so will need to use bcdedit to stop the hypervisor via an elevated command prompt.

The command to use is:

Adminstrator: Command Prompt showing hypervisor successful disabled

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Once the command has successfully completed, the machine will need to be rebooted; if a reboot is done performed, then the hypervisor will not be fully disabled and will cause problems.

Once you’ve finished installing and shutdown Local by Flywheel, you can restart the Hyper-V hypervisor using the following command (again a reboot will be required):

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto

Local by Flywheel: Download

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Local by Flywheel can be downloaded from the homepage by clicking the Free Download button:

Free download of Local by Flywheel

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Local by Flywheel: What is Local by Flywheel?

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Local by Flywheel is a development tool for WordPress which provides a very easy way of creating a definable environment hosting a WordPress instance. As well as deploying an OS, it also deploys a web server, PHP and everything else required to develop or test a WordPress site, including WordPress itself.

Key features listed on the Local by Flywheel site are:

  • Speed and simplicity – Flywheel is fast and functional and those features make this the slickest local WordPress development application in the world.
  • One-click WordPress installation – Simple creation of a local WordPress site, so you don’t have to bother with setting it up yourself.
  • Simple demo URLs – Create shareable URLs to demo your local WordPress sites to clients, collaborators or friends.
  • Hassle-free local SSL support – Any site created via Local by Flywheel will automatically have a self-signed certificate created.
  • SSH + WP-CLI Access – Simple root SSH access to individual sites, so you can tinker around if your heart desires.
  • Flexible environment options – Hot-swap between NGINX or Apache 2.4, or switch between PHP versions. Everything will stay up and running.

The extensive set of features can be read here.

The Community edition of Local by Flywheel is free, but there are additional versions coming soon which provide more functionality; details are here.

In the next few posts, I’m going to cover the download, installation and use of Local by Flywheel.

Local by Flywheel: Who Are Flywheel?

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Before I start delving into Local by Flywheel itself, I thought it would be appropriate to do a post on who Flywheel themselves are. Flywheel are a managed WordPress hosting provider aimed at developers and agencies who create sites for others. The aim is to remove the hassle of hosting and allow you to focus on streamlining your processes and work for clients.

Full details on the services available from Flywheel are available from here.

The Flywheel site also has additional resources available in the form of ebooks aiming to help you create fast, secure sites on WordPress.

Local by Flywheel is one of the tools they’ve created to help develop new sites or features for sites. In the next post, I’ll take a more detailed look at what Local by Flywheel is and how it works.