I’ve been using Vagrant and VVV with VV (a site creation wizard) for a while now as the cornerstone of my development workflow. I have customized my VVV quite a bit over the years, and – while I was happy with it – I was always on the lookout for something better to see if it would fit my development workflow better. On a whim, I decided to check out a new app on a recommendation from a co-worker: Local by Flywheel. Flywheel is a fantastic WordPress host, and I’ve had the chance to meet a few of their reps at the last WordCamp – they’ve got a great service, and to see them focusing on the entire development process (from local development to the final production site) is refreshing.
Installation of Local is easy: simply visit https://local.getflywheel.com/ and click on the obvious “Free Download” button. It’ll ask for a few pieces of information, and whether or not you want to use the Mac OSX version (stable) or a beta version of their Windows client. Run through the install process and run the program. It’ll set up the initial run-through and will set a few variables and settings on your machine.