I just spent part of the day setting up and testing my local sandbox environment using the following tools.
- WP Local Toolbox – Creates the Admin Bar notification so I know I’m still in the right place just in case I end up on my live server
- Normally I won’t use plugins that haven’t been updated in the last year or so but this is just for testing code and looking for conflicts.
- Debug Bar – It’s always happy hour at this bar. Used to hunt down more information and make sure everything is nice and lean.
I’m also using phpMyAdmin to drop and import tables. I could do this in the terminal but hitting those red buttons is a lot more fun.
I drop everything except wp_usermeta and wp_users
I then import my site’s sql backups after changing my domain references from linuxbookpro.com to localhost so it won’t redirect to my live website.
I also replace my wp-content folder from the default wordpress installation with the one from my backup.
This isn’t a step by step guide I had to do a few apache permissions but it all seems to be working nicely.
P.S. this is really just here for me to discover later when I forget something I did.