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Setting Up a Local WordPress Environment with Docker: A Beginner's Guide
Docker has revolutionized how developers test and develop projects, allowing for isolated environments where each component lives in a separate container. In this tutorial, we'll walk through the steps to set up a local WordPress environment using Docker.
Before you begin, ensure you have the following installed:
If not, download both from the official Docker website.
1. Create a Workspace:
Start by making a directory for your WordPress project.
Open this directory in an editor of your choice. Here, we'll use VS Code:
2. Docker Compose YAML File:
Create a file named
docker-compose.yml. This file will define our WordPress and MySQL services.
Define the database service using this YAML code:
This code sets up two services: a database service using MySQL and a WordPress service. The WordPress service communicates with the database using environment variables.
3. Running Your WordPress Instance:
With the configurations set, start your services:
After the command executes, access your WordPress site by navigating to
localhost:8000 in your browser.
4. WordPress Setup on Local Machine:
Follow the on-screen instructions:
5. Accessing WordPress Files:
Thanks to the volume mapping in our
wp-content directory from the Docker container syncs with your local machine. This means any plugins, themes, or other files you add locally will reflect in the Docker WordPress instance and vice versa.
6. Stop and Start Your Services:
When done, you can stop the services using:
To start them up again:
Congratulations! You now have a fully functional local WordPress environment set up using Docker. This setup ensures a safe space to experiment, develop, and test without affecting a live site. Remember to always consult the Docker Hub or other resources if you're unsure about configurations or variables. Happy coding!