DevKinsta – Design, develop, and deploy WordPress sites from your local machine (Docker based)

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Crunchify DevKinsta Review and Demo

It’s been few days I have been playing with DevKinsta on my local Mac book pro. I was able to setup my local environment in no time.

My first impression: DevKinsta is super quick and easy. I was able to create multiple sites including HTTPS setup in no time. Hardly took ~2 min to create multiple sites with nice user interface.

In this DevKinsta review post we will go over some of my learning and steps on how to get started with DevKinsta.

Step-1) How to install DevKinsta?

  • Visit site:
  • Click on Download Button.
  • If you are on Mac
    • You will see DevKinsta.dmg pack downloaded under your /Downloads folder.
  • Double click on DevKinsta.dmg.
  • Copy to your Applications folder.
  • Click on to launch an application.

Did I face any issue during installation?

Yes, DevKinsta is a FREE local development environment that uses the power of Docker for WordPress developers.

For me, I got error message DK0003 during Docker installation steps.

DevKinsta - Docker installation failure

I tried to launch App multiple times but the same error.

How to fix DevKinsta DK0003 Couldn’t install Docker issue?

Manually install Docker:

Install Docker - Crunchify Tips
  • For Mac:
    • Visit
  • For Windows:
    • Visit
  • Click on Download link: Download from Docker Hub
  • You should see docker.dmg file downloaded to Downloads folder.
  • Double click on Docker.dmg file and copy to your application folder.
  • Click on and start Docker container.
  • Just follow list of on-screen steps without making any changes and you should be good.

That’s it. You now have Docker installed successfully.

Now resume installation

Double click on and now you should be able to successfully installed DevKinsta on your laptop/desktop.

DevKinsta will install these 5 Docker Images on your local.

kinsta/devkinsta_adminer	IN USE	0.1.1	3e5893d2fad5	11 days ago	70.96 MB	
kinsta/devkinsta_fpm		IN USE	0.1.0	7673f1bedcb9	about 1 month ago	561.86 MB	
kinsta/devkinsta_nginx		IN USE	0.1.0	033d6e3528ea	about 1 month ago	162.13 MB	
mariadb						IN USE	10.5.5	41fa9265d4df	5 months ago	406.49 MB	
mailhog/mailhog				IN USE	v1.0.1	4de68494cd0d	6 months ago	392.01 MB

Step-2) Create your first local site: crunchify.local

Check out here complete video on how to setup DevKinsta locally.

Here is some more details:

In my case I’m going to create my first site https://crunchify.local. Here are some detailed steps.

1. Double click on and Create new site

  • You could Pull your sites from Kinsta.
Crunchify and DevKinsta - Create new site

2. On next screen, provide new site details.

  • Add Site Name.
  • Provide WordPress admin username.
  • Provide WordPress admin password.
Crunchify and DevKinsta - Provide new site details

3. It may take few minutes to complete setup

  • Check your newly create site details.
  • Click on HTTPS to install self-signed certificate with single click. Your site works seamlessly with HTTPS locally.
  • You have an option to test your sites on multiple PHP versions.
  • It has Built-in email Docker container.
Configuring new site progress
Crunchify and DevKinsta - Your newly create site details

4. Check self-signed certification

  • Visit https://crunchify.local in Chrome browser.
  • Click on LOCK icon in URL.
  • You should see SelfSign Certificate details as below.
Crunchify and DevKinsta - Install SelfSign Certificate with one single click

5. Head over to https://crunchify.local

  • You should see your site up and running hosted locally 🙂
  • You could also test your sites on multiple PHP versions.
  • Catch and debug all outgoing e-mails inside the app.
  • You also have an access to WP-CLI.
Crunchify and DevKinsta - Checkout your local site

6. Click on Database manager

  • You should be able see devkinsta_db details as below.
  • Single Click Database management.
  • Manage your database via Adminer.
Crunchify and DevKinsta - devkinsta_db details

7. Want to debug any issue locally?

And that’s it. You are all set.

Step-3) Push your local site changes to your Kinsta Staging environment

  • Go to your local site’s admin panel.
  • Click on Push to staging button.
  • You will see pop-up screen.
  • Enter your Kinsta username and password.
Crunchify and DevKinsta - Push changes to Kinsta
Crunchify and DevKinsta - select your site and push it to your staging site

That’s it. Your local changes will be copied to your Kinsta’s Staging site.

Here is a summary of tasks you could do with DevKinsta.

Crunchify - Summary of tasks you could do with DevKinsta


It’s been few days I’m playing with it and so far it’s awesome. Other than initial Docker install issue, I didn’t notice any bug.

It’s also very helpful for me to develop and test WordPress plugin locally and test. Very convenient.

I would highly recommend WordPress folks to start using DevKinsta. Let me know what you think and share your feedback with Crunchify readers.

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