How to Locally Host a WordPress Website on Your iPad

Welcome to the world of convenience and flexibility! In today's fast-paced digital landscape, being able to work on the go is essential.

That's why we've created this handy guide to help you host a WordPress website locally on your iPad.

This powerful tablet can be transformed into a portable web development studio, allowing you to create, edit, and manage your WordPress site anytime, anywhere.

So grab a cup of coffee, find a cozy spot, and let's dive into the surprisingly simple process of setting up a local WordPress environment on your trusty iPad.

Gathering the Essentials

Before we embark on this exciting journey of hosting a WordPress website locally on your iPad, it's crucial to gather the right tools for the job.

Having the perfect combination of apps will not only make the process smoother, but it'll also save you time and frustration along the way.

In this section, we'll discuss the importance of selecting the best server and code editor apps for your needs.

Additionally, we'll share our top picks for iOS apps that are perfect for getting your WordPress site up and running on your iPad.

The importance of choosing the right apps

To successfully host a WordPress website locally on your iPad, you'll need two essential apps: a server app and a code editor app.

The server app creates a local server environment, allowing you to run and test your website without an internet connection, while the code editor app provides an interface to edit and manage your website's files.

Picking the right apps is crucial, as they can significantly impact your overall experience, efficiency, and productivity.

Look for apps that are easy to use, compatible with your iPad, and have a good reputation in the development community.

Keep in mind that some apps may offer more features than others, so choose the ones that best suit your needs and skill level.

Our top picks for iOS server and code editor apps

  1. Server apps:
  • KSWEB: This all-in-one app comes with a web server, PHP, and MySQL database support. KSWEB is user-friendly and provides a straightforward interface to manage your local server.
  • Laragon: Laragon is another excellent option for creating a local server environment. With just a few taps, you can have a fully functional local server running on your iPad. It supports various web development technologies and is easily configurable.
  1. Code editor apps:
  • Textastic: Textastic is a powerful and versatile code editor for iOS, offering syntax highlighting for various programming languages, including PHP, HTML, and CSS. It also supports keyboard shortcuts, making it perfect for developers who prefer using an external keyboard.
  • Coda for iOS (now Nova): Coda is a popular code editor that provides a wide range of features, including syntax highlighting, code completion, and built-in terminal access. The app has a clean interface and supports various programming languages, making it an ideal choice for web developers.

By choosing the right server and code editor apps, you're setting yourself up for success when it comes to hosting your WordPress site locally on your iPad.

In the next section, we'll guide you through setting up your local server app and getting it ready for WordPress.

Setting Up Your Local Server App

Now that you've got the essential apps in your arsenal, it's time to set up your local server app on your iPad.

This step is crucial, as it will provide a solid foundation for your WordPress website to run smoothly.

In this section, we'll walk you through downloading and installing the server app, configuring your local server environment, and setting up a database for your WordPress site.

With just a few simple steps, you'll be on your way to hosting your very own WordPress website locally on your iPad.

Downloading and installing the server app

  1. Open the App Store on your iPad and search for the server app of your choice. As previously recommended, you can choose between KSWEB and Laragon.
  2. Tap on the desired app and then tap “Get” to initiate the download process. You might need to enter your Apple ID password or use Face ID to confirm the installation.
  3. Once the installation is complete, locate the server app icon on your iPad's home screen and tap it to launch the application. You'll be greeted with a welcome screen or a brief tutorial on how to use the app.

Configuring your local server environment

  1. Within the server app, locate the settings or configuration options. This section may be labeled as “Settings,” “Configuration,” or something similar, depending on the app you've chosen.
  2. Look for the document root setting, which defines the folder where your website files will be stored. Create a new folder in your desired location (for example, within the app's default storage or your preferred cloud storage) and set the path to that folder as your document root.
  3. Set the server's hostname to a friendly name that's easy to remember, such as “localhost” or “mylocalwordpress.” This name will be used to access your local website in your iPad's browser.
  4. Enable PHP and MySQL support within the app's settings. These technologies are essential for WordPress to function properly. If the app offers different PHP versions, choose the one that meets the minimum requirements for the latest WordPress release.
  5. Save your settings and exit the configuration section.

Running your server and creating a database

  1. Start your local server by tapping the “Start” or “Run” button within the app. This action initializes the local server environment on your iPad. You may see a notification confirming that your server is running, along with the server's hostname, IP address, or port number.
  2. Access the app's database management tool. This feature is typically labeled “phpMyAdmin” or “Database Manager.” If prompted, enter your MySQL username and password to log in.
  3. Within the database management tool, create a new database for your WordPress site. Assign a unique name to your database, such as “mylocalwp” or “wordpress_dev.” Make a note of the database name, as you'll need it later during the WordPress configuration process.
  4. Create a new user account for your database, and set a strong password. This step ensures that your WordPress site has the necessary permissions to interact with the database. Again, remember the username and password, as they will be required when configuring WordPress.

With your local server app configured and a database created, you're all set to install WordPress on your iPad.

In the following section, we'll guide you through downloading, uploading, and setting up WordPress to work seamlessly within your local server environment.

Installing WordPress on Your iPad

You've successfully set up your local server environment, and now it's time to bring your WordPress website to life on your iPad.

In this section, we'll walk you through the process of downloading the latest WordPress files, uploading them to your server app, and configuring the essential wp-config.php file with your database details.

By following these steps, you'll have a fully functional WordPress site running locally on your iPad in no time.

Downloading the latest WordPress files

  1. Open Safari or your preferred web browser on your iPad and navigate to the official WordPress download page at
  2. Tap on the “Download WordPress” button to get the latest version. The download will come as a compressed .zip file containing all the necessary WordPress files.
  3. Once the download is complete, locate the .zip file in your “Files” app, and tap to extract the contents. You should see a folder named “wordpress” containing all the extracted files.

Uploading WordPress to your server app

  1. Open your code editor app (Textastic or Coda/Nova) and connect it to the folder you previously set as the document root in your server app. This connection may be done through built-in file browsing or by setting up a local folder sync, depending on the code editor you're using.
  2. Once connected, copy or move the contents of the “wordpress” folder you extracted earlier into the document root folder within your code editor app. Ensure that all files and folders are transferred correctly.
  3. With the files in place, your local server will now recognize and serve the WordPress installation.

Editing wp-config.php with your database details

  1. Within your code editor app, locate the “wp-config-sample.php” file in the main WordPress folder. Rename it to “wp-config.php” by tapping and holding the file, then selecting “Rename” from the context menu.
  2. Open the “wp-config.php” file for editing. Look for the section that contains the database name, database username, and database password settings.
  3. Update the database name setting with the name of the database you created earlier. Similarly, update the database username and password settings with the corresponding credentials you noted down previously.
  4. Save the changes to the “wp-config.php” file and close the code editor app.

With these adjustments, you've successfully configured WordPress to connect to your local database.

You're now ready to access the WordPress dashboard and start exploring all the features and customization options WordPress has to offer.

Moving Your Local WordPress Site to a Live Server

You've done an amazing job setting up and customizing your WordPress website locally on your iPad.

Now, it's time to share your creation with the world! In this section, we'll guide you through the process of moving your local WordPress site to a live server.

We'll cover the essential steps, from preparing your site for the big move to transferring files and databases, and finally, updating settings to make your site live.

With a bit of patience and attention to detail, you'll have your WordPress site up and running for everyone to see.

Let's get started!

Preparing your website for the big move

  1. Review your site's content, design, and functionality to ensure everything is ready for public viewing. Make any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired look and feel.
  2. Check and optimize your website's images, CSS, and JavaScript files to reduce loading times and improve user experience.
  3. Update your website's permalinks structure, if needed, to ensure a clean and user-friendly URL scheme.
  4. Install and configure any necessary plugins, such as SEO optimization, caching, or security plugins, to enhance your website's performance and protect it from potential threats.

Transferring files and database to the live server

  1. Use an FTP client, such as FileZilla or Cyberduck, to connect to your live server. Enter your FTP credentials provided by your web hosting provider.
  2. Upload your local WordPress files to the appropriate directory on your live server. This location may vary depending on your hosting provider, but it is often the “public_html” or “www” folder.
  3. Export your local WordPress database using the database management tool from your server app (phpMyAdmin or similar). Save the exported file as an SQL file.
  4. Import the SQL file into the live server's database. You can do this using the database management tool provided by your hosting provider, such as cPanel's phpMyAdmin.

Updating settings and making your site live

  1. Update the “wp-config.php” file on your live server with the new database information, including the database name, username, and password.
  2. In the “wp-config.php” file, update the “WP_HOME” and “WP_SITEURL” settings with your live domain name.
  3. Log in to your WordPress dashboard on the live server using the same credentials as your local site.
  4. Navigate to “Settings” > “Permalinks” and click “Save Changes” to refresh your permalink structure and ensure all links work correctly.
  5. Test your website on the live server to confirm that everything is functioning as expected. Check for any broken links, missing images, or layout issues.

Congratulations! You've successfully moved your local WordPress site to a live server, and it's now accessible to the world.

Keep up the great work and continue to enhance and grow your website as needed.


You've come a long way, from hosting a WordPress site locally on your iPad to moving it to a live server for the world to see.

With your newfound knowledge and skills, you're ready to tackle the exciting world of website creation and management.

Keep experimenting with new themes, plugins, and customizations to make your website truly unique.

As you continue on this journey, remember that the WordPress community is vast and supportive, so don't hesitate to seek out resources and advice when needed.

Happy blogging, and here's to your online success!