In this guide, you’ll learn how to set up WordPress on your local WAMP server.
WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.
This guide is part of the Turning Your Computer into a Local Web Server series. Learn more from the main page.
Installing WordPress on Your Local WAMP Server
Note: This guide is written for WordPress 2.7.1, but the procedure will be almost identical for all versions of WordPress.
To install WordPress on WAMP, do the following:
- Download the latest version of WordPress here
- Extract the zip file and copy the wordpress directory to C:\wamp\www
- Give the directory a meaningful name
- Now go to http://localhost/. Under Your Aliases, click on phpmyadmin
- When phpMyAdmin loads, click on Databases. Under Create a new database, type in a database name and click Create
- You will receive confirmation that the database creation is successful
- Go to http://localhost/[your directory]
- Click Create a Configuration File
- Click Let’s go!
- Type in your database information and click Submit
- Click Run the install
- Enter your site-to-be’s information and click Install WordPress
- Take note of your login information and click Log in
- Log in to WordPress
- Your new shiny WordPress installation is now complete (you can now look at who else has installed wordpress on their local host lately with the pingback information under ‘Incoming Links‘)
Now you’ve learned how to install WordPress, you can build a test website and practice before you put a website on the WWW.
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