Can I transfer a wordpress site I already have created on web hosting to my computer without wpengine?

Issue Summary

I see that it starts a new site for me locally. But, I want to transfer my site online to my computer and then when I am done, move it back online safely. But can I do this with Local freely without having to pay for wpengine? Or is this basically how Local is doing business? -couldn’t find an answer online myself. Thanks.

System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used? 6.1.5

  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used? macOS BigSur 11.3

You don’t need WP Engine to develop a site that is hosted somewhere else, however you’ll need to do more manual steps to import the site as well as deploy it when the work is done.

Basically, you can create a backup on the remote site. Most backup plugins will give you what you want which is basically a zip file that contains the wp-content folder along with a database dump.

From there, import the site into Local by dragging and dropping it onto Local.

Deployments are basically just a reverse of that process. You can right-click on a site in Local and select “Export” which will give you a zip of everything you need to deploy. Each host is different in terms of what they need to deploy, so be sure to search here in the Local forums, or even on your hosting provider’s documentation for the preferred way of deploying a site. Good luck!

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