Local WordPress Set Up with Lando

By Eric Burt on December 21, 2019 in Dev Ops, Lando

An important part of being a developer is being able to efficiently set up a local development environment. There exists a multitude of local development options, however, I prefer using Lando, an open source local development environment built on Docker container technology.

What’s so good about Lando?

Imagine having a development tool that not only sets up your local environment for you but also functions as a local dependency management and automation tool. The ability to configure and install your necessary dependencies in a simple config lando.yml file is what gives Lando the edge in local dev environments.

Below is a short list of the pros of Lando taken from their readme:

  • Quickly specify and painlessly spin up the services and tooling needed to develop their projects.
  • Ship these local development dependencies in a per-project, lives-in-git config file
  • Automate complex build steps, testing setups, deployments or other repeated-more-than-once workflows
  • Avoid the built-in-masochism of directly using docker or docker-compose

How do I set it up?

Creating a Lando project is as simple as running a few commands. I will show you the steps I use on my Linux Ubuntu distribution, however, these steps will work on most other Unix based operating systems.

First, let’s create a new directory to put our app in and name it “webapp”

mkdir webapp
cd webapp

Next let’s initialize Lando in our directory

lando init

After running this command, Lando will want to know where it can find the working directory. We have a few options to choose from but since we are just starting this project from scratch we will select “current working directory”.

Now, Lando will give us a series of “recipe” choices for the kind of project we are building. Since we want to build a WordPress application, lets scroll down using the down arrow key and select “wordpress”.

Next, it will ask us what our root is going to be. We can call this whatever we like such as app or web. Let’s go with app.

Next we will have to name our application. Let’s name it webapp.

Now our terminal should look more or less like this depending on the naming choices one has made.

Next run the command

lando start

This will start spinning up all our necessary processes. After this is done, Lando will give you your local dev domain (highlighted in red) which will be empty. Now, we need to download and install WordPress so we can have something to work with.

Let’s download our necessary WordPress files by running

lando wp core download --path=app

Note that the path is set to what we named our root in the previous lando init step. You will know that you have successfully downloaded the files when Lando says “Success: WordPress downloaded”.

Now, we have to go ahead and install WordPress. Let’s scroll back up and visit the local domain that Lando created for us. This should be labeled “APPSERVER URLS”. If you have been following along step for step, this should be https://ericburt.us marked in green. If you cleared your terminal or cannot find this, simply run the command

lando info

Now that we are visiting our local domain, you will notice that WordPress is prompting for an install. I’m going to selected English (United States) as my language.

Now, we will set up and configure our database.

Now, we can finally go through with the famous 5 minute WordPress installation. Choose a site title, username, password, and email and install WordPress. After WordPress has finished installing, you will have the basics of your app running with the default theme.

Now that we have our Lando WordPress app up and running you can start developing or you can destroy this app and remake one with your own configurations and dependencies (lando.yml). This can be done by simply running the following two commands

lando destroy -y
lando poweroff

to completely erase the test app from your machine.


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Eric Burt says:

Hi @Royal CBD,

Thank you for your reply and advice. I’ll make sure to elaborate and expand more on future posts or if I decide editing this article again. I’ll check out your website – Thanks!

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