This how to tutorial will explain how to copy your WordPress blog from your webserver to your home pc and run it on your localhost. First we’ll talk about what I’m using because your situation might be different. Then, we’ll talk about a couple things that you should already know how to do that are prerequisite.
The goal of this tutorial is to be hacker proof by knowing how to back your blog up to your home pc. There are other conveniences of being able to ‘run’ your blog from your localhost too, like being able to tinker with it. This is conceptually no different than backing up files at home to an external hard drive. After you’ve done this a number of times, the whole process should only take you 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of your blog. Once you have this process under your belt, you can screw around with PHP and CSS to try different things out with no fear. If you get hacked you won’t care either because you’ll be backed up. This is a good procedure to add to your knowledge tool box.