An adequate environment is an absolute necessity for any local website to work properly. This means setting up everything from a database and web server as well as support for all language you will need. But, the problem is installing all these components and making them work together is really tricky. For that matter, local development of WordPress in Docker might be your best shot.

The Docker application enables you to set up completely self-contained environments with just a few simple commands. It is not only compatible with WordPress but also allows you to set up various local environments with different tools and web servers. Let’s give you some reasons to try local WordPress development using Docker and help you get started with three simple steps!

Reasons to consider Docker
The following features make Docker an outstanding choice when it comes to the local WordPress development:
1.    Enables to create containers that have isolated development environments.
2.    You will require fewer resources as compared to VMs.
3.    You can even share your containers which makes the collaborations all the easier.
4.    Price: Docker is an open-source application while its company also offers enterprise-level services which start from $750 per year.

Three Simple Steps to get started with local WordPress development using Docker
In order to take advantage of using Docker for the local WordPress development, you would want to be comfortable in using its command line. You might need the working knowledge of the command line in order to be able to improvise. However, you can get started just fine even without it. We have brought you a quick guide to get started.

1.    Download and run Docker
Visit the Docker homepage and choose the version according to your operating system from the Get Docker tab. Download and install the application on the next page and restart your computer. Once, your system restarts, you can open your command line and get to work.

2.    Set up a container with a WordPress environment
Initially, your list of containers would be empty and you would have to set it up. Now there are two ways of doing it, the first way is to create a container and then set the elements up one by one and the second one is to do it all in just a single swoop. The second way is the smarter one, and you can find plenty of tutorials online to set up your container with ease.

3.    Get your WordPress container up and running
Once you have created your containers, the next step would be to start it up. For that, use the following command within the folder where your docker-compose.yml is located:
docker-compose up -d

Then wait for Docker to download and set up the services that you indicated in your file which might take a few minutes. After the completion of the setup, you can access your site from any browser using the ports that you set up earlier. Then follow the regular WordPress setup process in your browser.

Now you are ready to rock your local WordPress development with Docker and setup multiple environments simultaneously while turning them on and off at your will, which is a huge plus point!

Published by Mudassar Ali