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webdesigndeluxe
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Okay, so I’ve seen all these nettuts tutorials and videos, and they’re all using localhost. So I download WAMP and set all my configuration setting and such, but what would I do with http://localhost/ besides using it for testing purposes? Someone explain this to me! Thanks! :)

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JimmyP
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That’s pretty much it; it’s just a testing environment. I’ve seen people do pretty fancy things with it on their home network (intranets etc.) but it’s mostly just for testing.

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webdesigndeluxe
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That’s pretty much it; it’s just a testing environment. I’ve seen people do pretty fancy things with it on their home network (intranets etc.) but it’s mostly just for testing.

What kinda fancy things? :D

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hgascoigne
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Well, if you routed your ports from your router to your computer’s LAN ip then you could use it as a pretty basic server (provided your ISP doesn’t block your WAN ports).

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webdesigndeluxe
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Well, if you routed your ports from your router to your computer’s LAN ip then you could use it as a pretty basic server (provided your ISP doesn’t block your WAN ports).

That’s not confusing or anything :D

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CreatingDrew
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Okay, so I’ve seen all these nettuts tutorials and videos, and they’re all using localhost. So I download WAMP and set all my configuration setting and such, but what would I do with http://localhost/ besides using it for testing purposes? Someone explain this to me! Thanks! :)
Besides what everyone else has said, working locally is great as you don’t need a live internet connection (unless you want to pull in external scripts or data). You could build an entire WordPress theme locally, then just back it up and export it onto the server and you’re good. Also, it is considered good practice to have a test environment (local) completely seperated from the live production server.
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There’s no place like 127.0.0.1

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