If you are interested, here is a short “how to” for setting up a WordPress local development system at home. Some tech talk lies ahead, but it is easily accomplished by anyone serious about doing some WordPress programming.
If you are not afraid of a bit of code, there are some amazing things you can do programming WordPress.
Using WordPress is a powerful and mostly free way to build and maintain a personal, group or commercial web site. It is an example of open-source solutions at their best. And for the beginner, nothing could be easier.