Thinking about making a new WordPress blog/site or developing any theme or plugin, but worried about its design and testing the functionality. Don’t worry every problem has a solution. Now you can install WordPress on your personal computer by setting up a local server environment. Now you can test and make changes to the site before putting it live. In this tutorial, we will show you the step by step procedure to install WordPress on your computer using WAMP.
Let us first see what is WAMP. WAMP or WampServer is a free Windows based software of Apache, PHP and MySQL. Mostly, it is used to setup your own local server on your system.
How to install WAMP on your system?
Firstly you will need to download the latest version of WAMP from their website.
Once downloaded, run the installation program and follow the instructions on the screen.
After a while, WAMP will ask you to set your default browser. By default it will use Internet Explorer, but you can change to any browser you like. In our case Firefox was detected as the default browser.
After this point, Wampserver will ask you to specify SMTP server and the addressee mail, you can leave it to default.
Once installation is complete, launch WampServer. Now we have to set up a database for WordPress installation.
How to set up a Database for WordPress installation?
WAMP is loaded with a web based application phpMyAdmin, used to manage MySQL databases. Open your browser and type localhost in the address bar and hit enter, this will take you to the server configuration page, click on the phpMyAdmin.
phpMyAdmin will open in a new window. Click on Databases to create a new database for your WordPress installation. Choose a name for your database and click on Create button.
How to install WordPress on WAMP?
Just go to WordPress.org and download a copy of WordPress. Now extract the Downloaded zip file to the following location: C: → wamp → www. Now open your web browser and go to: http://localhost/wordpress/
Now WordPress will inform you about the information that will be required for creation of wp-config.php file, if for any reason the automatic file creation doesn’t work you can create your own wp-config.php file. Now you can click on the Let’s go! button.
On the next screen, you need to provide the database name, the user name and password of our database. In our case, we named our database as wp, the default username of the database is root and leave the password blank. Now click on the submit button, this will create a configuration file for you.
On the next screen you will see a message informing you that WordPress has created your configuration file and now you can proceed with the installation process. Now click on the run install button.
On the next screen, you will need to provide things like title for your website, your username, password and your email. This is the final step of the WordPress installation. After filling in the details press the Install WordPress button.
Once installation is completed you will see a success message. You can now proceed to your local site by logging in using your username and password.
After logging in you will be taken to the WordPress dashboard.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.