DevKinsta Review: A Free WordPress Local Development Tool from Kinsta

DevKinsta Review: A Free WordPress Local Development Tool from Kinsta

Searching for the best local development tool for WordPress?

A local development tool lets you create and run WordPress sites from your local computer, with or without a connection to the Internet. You can use it for developing new sites, staging sites, testing new plugins or themes, and more.

DevKinsta is a new WordPress-specific local development tool from Kinsta, the popular managed WordPress host. But while it does come from Kinsta, it’s free for everyone, no matter if you’re a Kinsta customer or not (though Kinsta customers get some special integrations with Kinsta hosting – more on that later).

In our hands-on DevKinsta review, I’ll take you through what this tool offers, how it works, and how it compares to another popular local WordPress development tool.

Let’s dig in!

DevKinsta Review: The Features

DevKinsta review

DevKinsta is a WordPress-specific local development tool, so the high-level feature is that it allows you to run WordPress sites from your local computer.

In more technical terms, DevKinsta uses Docker to create isolated virtual environments for each site. You can install a new WordPress site with just a few clicks and start playing around right away.

One really neat thing is that DevKinsta includes its own built-in email client (Mailhog), which lets your site “send” emails that you can analyze. Of course, these emails aren’t going out to actual users, but you can view them on your local computer so that you can make sure your WordPress site is sending the proper emails at the proper time.

For example, you can test notification emails, marketing automation emails, etc. This is something that not all local development solutions support, but that’s nonetheless very important for testing WordPress sites.

You also get a built-in database manager via Adminer, which lets you easily view your database, make edits, and execute SQL queries as needed. And you can also enable HTTPS, which is key for developing certain sites (like WooCommerce stores).

In terms of the environment itself, you can choose any modern PHP version when setting up your WordPress site. The only option for the web server is Nginx, however.

There’s also an option to create a WordPress multisite install with the tick of a box.

Finally, because DevKinsta comes from Kinsta, it comes with some special goodies for Kinsta users. Namely, you can deploy a site from your local environment powered by DevKinsta to the staging environment on your Kinsta account with just a few clicks. You can also go in the other direction and pull down a live Kinsta site to your local environment.

DevKinsta is available for both Windows and Mac.

How to Use DevKinsta

To get started with DevKinsta, you’ll need to download and install the DevKinsta software. If you run

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This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.

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