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How to Use Blueprints for Quick & Consistent WordPress Development

Did you know that you can place plugins and theme frameworks that you frequently use inside DesktopServer’s \blueprints folder? This can help you accelerate the common website configurations you usually create as well as try out different versions of WordPress. One of our goals is to help give users an opportunity to try out beta versions of WordPress to facilitate bug squashing and contribute to the Open Source software community.

In this video, we will show you how to create a blueprint from scratch and set it up so that it’s preconfigured with themes and plugins that you might use on a regular basis.

For those that would rather have step-by-step directions, here you go:

  • Create a local WordPress Website
  • Finish the installation by opening a browser and going to your newly created .dev site
  • In the Dashboard, configure your site with any frameworks, themes and plugins that you might have
  • If you are using anything that requires a license key (that does not use an API), go into that plugin and enter the key, then save
  • In DesktopServer, export that local site to a .zip file
  • Place that zip file in your Blueprints directory (Mac is \\applications\XAMPP\Blueprints and Windows is c:\xampplite\blueprints)
  • Restart DesktopServer if necessary

Next time you go to create a site, you’ll find that your newly created archive is now a blueprint and it’s ready for local deployment!