Installing WordPress Plugins Locally

Written on March 18, 2014

If you are working on your WordPress locally, before uploading it for the world to see, thank you. If you are new to this, there are a few changes you will need to make in order to get everything working properly.

Installing Plugins Locally

If you try to install themes on default, you will get this:

Failed plugin download

It looks similar to the success message, but if you read through it, you’ll see that it failed.

Fortunately, it’s a simple fix. In your WordPress directory, set privileges for everyone to “Read & Write” for wp-content/plugins.

Failed plugin download

Adding Media Locally

Similar to plugins, adding media to your localhost will fail on default. Again, it’s a pretty easy fix. In your WordPress directory, set privileges for everyone to “Read & Write” for wp-content.

Recap

To make plugins and media work on your localhost, set the following directories to have “Read & Write” privileges for everyone:

  • wp-content/plugins
  • wp-content