Install WordPress on a USB stick

March 8th, 2007
HOW-TO, LinkyLoo, WordPress, WordPress FAQs

How to install WordPress on a USB stick takes you through installing and configuring XAMPP-Lite to install WordPress on a USB. Infact, you can follow the guide it on your hard disk as well.




  1. gidibao (10 comments.) says:

    Thanks Ajay for your segnalation about this very interesting tutorial. Great! Installing WordPress on a USB stick could be so useful for me.

    kind regards

  2. Mark (1 comments.) says:

    Hey, that’s an original idea.
    or maybe not?

  3. Leftblank (4 comments.) says:

    I really don’t see the point of this; why would you want to blog on a local copy of the real site? What’s wrong with simply putting Notepad++ portable on it?

  4. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    @gidibao, you’re welcome.

    @Leftblank, I believe the purpose of this is not to blog, but to test themes, plugins etc.

  5. Rightblank says:

    thats a really stupid question. Like Ajay said you can use it for testing things before finalizing it on the web.

  6. Leftblank (4 comments.) says:

    Well, then my point still lies there, I don’t see much of a value in being able to test new plugins/themes ‘anywhere’, especially not Xampp tends to be (very) slow, especially on USB sticks…

  7. Bárbara (1 comments.) says:


    Tamba Rules!

  8. Ralph Dagza (1 comments.) says:

    Everything is slow on a USB stick


    Here’s my source,

  9. BillH (7 comments.) says:

    I’ve used both WordPress On A Stick and XAMMP Lite. I think XAMPP Lite is a bit faster; it’s definitely smaller, although only by a few megs.

    @Leftbank – I can take my stick anywhere and develop themes and plugins for WordPress. I don’t care that it’s slow. I care that I get my plugins and themes as error-free as I can. I can plug the flash drive into any Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer and work on the theme or plugin, even without any internet connection.

  10. bgibson135 says:

    I work in a higher ed environment. Putting WordPress on a Stick is geeky, but it makes a great tool for organizing classes or projects (even digital textbooks as a single WP site). If the student had a microphone, it would also be possible to add mp4 audio commentary to their portable WP site(s). A twenty chapter textbook, with all it’s still images, and many mp4 clips could easily fit on a USB drive. Even without Internet connectivity, a student would have their basic textbook available.


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