If you are at all curious about editing your WordPress theme or trying to code your own template, this program will please you in ways that generic templates never could. I love to tweak WordPress to the max and find this program to really enable me to do so.
The program is called XAMPP and contains everything you need to install WordPress in a single installation file (Apache Server, MYSQL Database, PHP Installation). It is as simple as:
- Downloading the files (Win, Mac or Linux)
- Installation of the files
- Launching the program and turning on the following: Apache, MYSQL
- Installing WordPress like on a normal server
Once done, you can simply download your theme files (and optionally, your posts) to your local installation of WordPress and begin tweaking your code.. Without damaging anything that is on the internet.
If you break something in your files, simply overwrite from your server and start again!
For more information about how to do this, please see the following articles: