Localhost: WordPress Installation Locally
See simple steps to setup localhost and WordPress installation locally using the Wamp server and run as many tests as you need for free
The first thing that I learned about WordPress was its installation process on localhost, unknown with the other unique features that it has.
No doubt there is a variety of free WordPress themes, and premium WordPress themes available over the web but first getting hands settled on WordPress is the key to going ahead.
As I went through step by step and learned more interesting stuff, I realized WordPress is not only a CMS but a great blogging platform as well.
How it simply opens the online world for you to explore yourself. So, a great helping platform to share your experience with others.
This post is dedicated to every beginner who is seeking to start with WordPress and needs online exposure. In addition, I hope at the end you will easily install WordPress on your system and play around with amazing CMS applications to lift up your WordPress Blog or Website.
Though, this tutorial is about installing WordPress locally on WAMP, but let me clear you few basic points about WordPress-
- Firstly, WordPress is a free and open-source blogging tool – a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.
- Secondly, To use WordPress you must have a server (WAMP, XAMP) installed on your machine for its working environment. Without a server, you won’t be able to install WordPress.
- The server you will install, it should support PHP and MySQL requirements.
- Installing WordPress is quite easy and simple, so I suggest you be patient.
In this post, I have used WAMP software (supports PHP and MySQL) for installing WordPress. You can use any web server of your choice to install WordPress.
12 Simple Steps for Localhost Installation of WordPress
Step #1 Download WAMP Server: Localhost WordPress Install
As I said earlier WordPress needs a web server (which could be anyone, for e.g. I have used WAMP software for installing WordPress) to work on so first you need to download and install a software called WAMP (which has a prebuilt localhost server) on your machine.
WAMP stands for Windows Apache MySQL and PHP.
Simply open any one of your browsers and download WAMP software on your system.
This will provide a platform to install WordPress easily.
Remember one thing, while installing WAMP, no other servers should be in active mode otherwise it will conflict installation of WAMP.
Step #2 Install WAMP Server
After downloading WAMP server, just double-click on its icon to run and install it in one of your directories (By default it gets installed on Local disk C).
Step #3 Activating WAMP Server: Localhost WordPress Install
Remember, every time you turn on your machine, first you will need to activate WAMP server simply by double-clicking on its icon.
After activating it that you will see a green “W” mark (which looks red by default) on your task-bar.
Step #4 Download WordPress Zip
Now open your browser. Go to www.wordpress.org and easily download the latest version of WordPress.
Step #5 Open Directory Where You Have Install WAMP
Open your directory where you have installed the WAMP server and perform the following steps.
Directory (Local disk C, by default wamp, is installed in this directory) –> wamp –> www–> copy the zip folder of WordPress here and do right-click on it, and select “extract here”.
Now make a copy of the folder and rename it, here for e.g., it is renamed as “wordpress1”.
Making multiple copies of WordPress and renaming will save you time for downloading the WordPress again (In case you need the download file again)..
Step #6 Open Your Browser Window
Open your web browser window and type the following on your address bar “localhost/PHPMyAdmin/” and press enter. Moreover, the Following page shown in the figure will display on your screen:
Now, select the database and create a database for your WordPress, let’s say for e.g. “table” as shown in the figure below. So, simply click on create and your database is ready to use.
Step #7 Type “localhost” On Your Browser
Now type “localhost” on your browser. So, from there, select your copied folder (the one which you renamed for your WordPress website).
Step #8 Create a Configuration file
After this, the following page will be obtained as shown in the figure below.
Now, click on the button ”Create a Configuration file” on the same page.
Step #9 Click the “Let’s go” button
Now, after performing the above step, on the next page click on the “Let’s go” button.
Step #10 Fill Database Connection Details
Now, this step is very important. You need to be a little careful here. Keep in mind a few things and proceed in this way:-
- Firstly, the Database Name should be the same as that what you created earlier for your WordPress.
- Secondly, the Username is “root” by default as per the MySQL user name.
- The password should be left blank if you haven’t mentioned it at the time of creating your database otherwise type the same one if you have mentioned it earlier.
- Leave the other fields as it is. Now, your page should look as shown in the figure below. At last click on the “Submit” button to proceed further.
Step #11 Fill Other General Information and Click “Install WordPress”
After this simply fill in the respective fields on the next page and at last click on the button ”Install WordPress”. Your page will look like as shown in the figure below:
Step #12 You Have Successfully Installed WordPress
And finally here comes your destination point.
Bingo! you have successfully installed WordPress on your machine.
Just to make sure that you have done all the steps in a perfect manner, you can log in to your account.
Installing WordPress is a lot easier than any other work.
Once you become familiar with this exciting platform, you can do anything from blogging to making a website. It is all free.
This post was only about installing WordPress on Localhost (WAMP server), however, you can click the button below and learn a complete tutorial series to understand the process after installing the WAMP.