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  1. Neo

    It is easier then setting up a local development? Only max 7 days and 2 days when not logged in? I rather use a local development setup. Not usefull for development en debugging.

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    • Nick

      Thanks Neo, that’s a good point. Here’s a list of the top 10 reasons why TasteWP may still be required even if you know how to set up a local environment:

      1) Set up is quicker: on TasteWP it takes 5 seconds max, while on local you need to unzip the WordPress installation files, set up the site etc.

      2) Real-life environment: TasteWP is closer to what your users will experience, i.e. it comes with all limits (e.g. timeout limits; also we block common functions which almost all public hosters do), so you can detect issues which would have gone unnoticed in local environments.

      3) Different WP versions: You can simply set up different versions of WordPress (also saves time)

      4) *Change PHP version quickly”: Saves time (most users don’t know how to install multiple PHP versions on local)

      5) SSL: TasteWP sites come with SSL out of the box, no need to generate it, again saving time.

      6) *Keep your PC clean”: Most of local environments are used for short-term testing only, so after you’re done you have to clean it up again (which you don’t have to worry about on TasteWP)

      7) Debug friendly:
      – TasteWP allows to quickly prepare different wp-configs with custom settings
      – By default you can access your debug file under /debug.log or /wp-content/debug.log
      – You have all temporary files in one place, so you can find issues of your plugin / theme if it uses temp files (/tmp)
      – You can quickly disable all plugins from dashboard in case your plugin crashed something (and upload fixed version, without removing the site)

      8) No need to remember passwords: You can login with one click from the dashboard, making management easier (especially relevant if you use multiple sites)

      9) Multisite: You can also test your plugin on multisite which sometimes can be problematic on local environments, saving you time.

      10) Share it with others: You can share it with other people from your team to show progress (helps with relations, makes you look professional)

      I hope at least some of those are also valid for you 🙂

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      • neo

        Hi Nick,

        1) is sure a big benefit but it is surpassed by the downside of only 2 – 7 days lifetime of a install.

        I rather prefer setting it up locally with like f.e.

        https://kinsta.com/devkinsta/
        xampp, dockers, vmware etc etc.

        For me setting up a multisite, single site, multiple php versions etc is no issue and easy as is and since i am using it for a long time development but also for debugging and moving websites to another hoster this is no solution for me. 200MB is too small for moving a old existing website and start redesigning it.

        Users testing wordpress for the first time have no idea about multisites, domain mapping, subdomains, and subdirectory installs and/or the mu-plugins folder, redirecting the 404 in mu install etc.

        ssl, switching php etc is not difficult at all.

        8) can be accomplished with a plugin !

        I like the 10) reason but even that i can do with a click and move my local install into a live url.

        What i do not like is my designs, plugins, themes and test running on a server i have no control about what is done with that after it is deleted.

        Further more if i would setup a website on that testing ground and be away for week or maybe 2 it would be gone.

        and then last but not least many hosters offering webspace they have, when running cpanel or any other admin hosting area, the one click wordpress install. which setsup a wp install in a minute. Most of them have multi php versions on can set and select with a click also.

        I understand that this is ideal for new beginners, but not for website designers, theme or plugin developers. They need more then 2-7 days, but I can see the use and benefit for people who have never used wordpress.

        If this had a ability to keep it alive for 3 months or so i would definitly try and use it. But for now this is no option and will skip it.

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  2. ABCD

    This is excellent for a beginner.
    As I have never set up a local development environment, and do not know how to, this option is great for just trying things out.

    I might be able to test some ideas without messing up my site.

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  3. Jessica Sutherland

    Why should I use this over Local by Flywheel or DevKinsta both of which seem just as fast, simple and more flexible.

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  4. Dred

    If you want something better you have wordify – same thing (new WordPress install in 5 minutes) and the site stay alive until 25000 sessions (or more I don’t remember – sorry) before to stop working. It’s free.

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  5. Ibon

    This kind of services are always more than welcome, more options to choose from it’s good for us, the users. These services are a good fit for courses, students, workers who can’t install things in their computers.

    You can also take a look to TrincheraDEV.com, part of Trinchera WP (a non official WordPress community). In this case, you have to create an account but… your WordPress it’s the official one, without additions from the Trinchera DEV team.

    Thanks for sharing this resource Sarah

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  6. Name of the Game

    The benefit is that you don’t install server technology on your own machine. That makes it more secure. I do like the cloud approach more. Also Local and DevKinsta seems to be more aimed at creating a project that you later launch online, while this looks more like a cloud temp machine where you test some stuff temporarily. I think the purpose is far different. It’s like having a temp mail.

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  7. Cameron Jones

    I used to use poopy.life until that disappeared, this has been a more than adequate replacement

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  8. BabaTuri

    I will be honest this is the most useful tips I have read till date. Thanks for putting all this together.

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  9. Bud

    But here is it’s real future. You spin up a WP site and THEN you open a hosting account. I.e the reverse of how it is done now. I’m pulling for these guys. I remember the Poopy Life and you know what that turned into. Hopefully, TasteWP gets it right!

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  10. Egide

    Thanks a lot for the post. I used to use demoswp.dev before it disappeared and was recently replaced by trincheradev.com. This looks like a good alternative and l’m looking forward to seeing what their premium plan will include. Having more options to choose from is always good.

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  11. J

    As a plugin developer, it is a part of my workflow to develop in local by flywheel and do the final testing with TasteWP or set up a dummy site for a colleague to the plugin.

    I find the site very useful, thank you. It is so easy to spin up a site with just 1 click.

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  12. Mystic Media

    Great service for people like me, who wants to keep their PC’s clean. Also changing PHP versions in a local machine is a headache. If priced competitively a paid service (with never expire option and larger disk space) would be awesome.

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