I’m following up on a series of posts about the WordPress version not showing or stuck in a loading state because, after exploring the forums for a long time and not getting an answer, I believe I have found a simple solution (at least for some use cases).
I reinstalled my Local (on my Linux) because I was receiving a conflict error that prevented my local Wordpress sites from opening. When I reinstalled Local, the WordPress version was stuck in a loading pattern for a long, seemingly endless time.
However, when I created a new WordPress site in my new Local install, everything worked properly while the old sites continued to have a perpetually loading Wordpress version.
I simply moved my old sites off the Local Sites directory, and re-created them. At that point, everything worked as expected.