Getting started

I just inherited the website at work. Local was recommended as a way to update our wordpress site without disrupting the current site. I’ve downloaded Local, but I guess I’m missing how to get to our wordpress account from here. Do I need to be connected to Flywheel? Thanks for the help.

Hey @seanpwilliams1

Thanks for writing in! Just to clarify, is your site hosted on Flywheel’s servers and you are wanting to connect Local to it, or are you wanting to get into WordPress development in general?

We have a number of posts at Flywheel’s blog, the Layout that give a good overview of what Local can do. Here are a couple:

If you are interested in getting into Plugin and/or Theme development for WordPress, then I recommend taking a look at the various handbooks that are available on

Let me know if that helps clarify things for you, or if you have any other questions!

– Ben

Thanks Ben.

Our site is not hosted on Flywheel’s servers. Our site is on WordPress and someone recommended Local as a way to update it offline while keeping the current site live until the new site it ready.

So, I’ve downloaded Local, is there a way to use that to do what I’m describing here?

Appreciate the help.

Hey @seanpwilliams1

You should be able to use Local for making updates to the site. Just remember that those changes will only live on your local site unless you take the steps to deploy them to the live site.

You should be able to login to WordPress by going to the login page which by default is at the wp-admin url of the site. So if the domain is example.local, you would login at example.local/wp-admin

The WordPress user you use on Local should be the same username and password as the user you use on the live site. If you don’t have a user account you can either reach out and have an administrator for the site create a new user for you on the live site, and then re-import the site into Local.

You can also use the command line to create a user in Local. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the site in Local’s sidebar
  2. Go to “Open Site SSH”
  3. Run the following command:
wp user create yourusername --role=administrator

The command will give you a password to use. Here’s what my terminal output looks like:

root@f10719522f5e:~# wp user create benjamin --role=administrator
Success: Created user 3.
Password: 9kCivPILC1yV%4auz46U5nDd

Hope that helps get you on your way!

– Ben