Instant WordPress is a Windows-compatible application that lets you quickly setup WordPress locally in your computer. In just a few clicks your local WordPress is up and running. No need to go through the hassle of installing XAMP, configuring PHP, creating database, downloading WordPress, etc. It’s all there. The bundled WordPress theme even contain some posts and comments already.
Its 54.2MB setup file contains WordPress 3.3.2, Apache 2.2.15 (Win32), PHP 5.3.2 and MySQL 5.1.46-community-nt. All of these will be extracted to a folder of your choice. After the extraction is completed, just double-click on the InstantWP.exe to run the program. There will be nothing installed on your PC as everything runs in a portable environment. That means you can run it from USB drive as well.
WordPress 3.3.2 is an old version but you can update it in the WordPress dashboard.
To open the WordPress site, click on the “WordPress FrontPage”. To access the Wordress dashboard, click on “WordPress Admin” and use the specified username and password.
By default it opens the WordPress local installation in Internet Explorer, so you have to copy the URL to your favorite browser manually.
Personally, I was really happy when I found this tool. With Instant WordPress, users can test a theme or a plugin quickly before using it in their real WordPress sites. Themes can be edited, modified or hacked without any risk. New script can be tested safely.
It is also a handy application for learning how to create a WordPress theme and plugin. Some of you probably want to learn it but just don’t have enough time to go through the troubles of setting up everything from scratch. With this program, you can save time and instantly learn how to create a nice WordPress theme. If you have time, though, perhaps it is better to do the local installation manually so you can understand the details right from the beginning.
Due to its portability and quick setup, it is also a perfect tool for presentations on topics about WordPress.
The best of all is that it is provided for free.
Instant WordPress is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. You can download it from the developer’s website. It runs perfectly well when tested under my Windows 7.