To publish your site on the Web, you must have it hosted on a web server on the Internet. But in the meantime, you may want to make a few tests and tweaks without being bothered by a slow Internet connection, and avoid having your future visitors admire your first attempts too soon. The solution is to host your own small “web server” on your personal computer, for your private experiments. This is called “working locally”.
For users who have a PC running Windows, the simplest way to experiment with SPIP is to install EasyPHP on their own computer.
The site "Ecran de Bureau" provides, on SPIP-Contrib, a PDF file with graphical explanations of the procedure to follow. This document is aimed at novices.
It is also possible to set up a small personal server on other systems (MacOS, Linux). Sometimes this can be done automatically, sometimes it needs a little manual configuration. We advise you to consult your system’s documentation and web sites which have information on it, especially as concerns operation of the required MAMP or LAMP stack.
We would like to underline that this solution is above all a way to test SPIP. For situations where information is intended to be published on the Internet, you will need to use the services of an ISP (Internet Service Provider).