Local Import for WordPress 5.8.x Beta Testing

tl;dr: Download this file and import it to Local to get started with FSE Program Testing Call #11: Site Editing Safari

Background info

One of the ways you can contribute to the open-source WordPress project is to test the software. This post/resource is for those who’d like to participate in the latest call for testing from the FSE Outreach Program run by Anne McCarthy, an Automattician and member of the WordPress 5.9 Release Squad.

What’s in the zip?

The Local import is set up per these testing environment instructions. In short, it’s got:


  • WordPress 5.8.2
  • Gutenberg plugin v11.9.1
  • Gutenberg > Experiments > Navigation enabled
  • Demo content


  • PHP 7.4.1
  • MySQL 8.0.16

Additionally, this setup includes the WordPress Beta Tester plugin, set to update point releases on the latest daily update schedule. For more information about the settings for the WordPress Beta Testing plugin, check this resource.

For clarity, running the WP Beta Testing plugin is not part of the call for testing. I just included it to make it easy to try different WP releases. 🙂

How to use this

First, you need to be using Local as your local development environment.

Next, you can drag and drop this zip file onto Local and it automagically!

Username/pword is the super secure combination of test/test, though if you’re using Local’s One-Click Admin feature, there’s no need.

Demo of “dragging” a the zip file onto Local to import a site.


If you have any testing feedback, please leave it in the comments for this post.

Have fun poking around!

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