How to Install WordPress Locally on a P.C.

WAMP Server

This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress locally on your P.C..

We’re going to use WAMP for this task. WAMP stands for “Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP” which are the different elements that allow you to run WordPress on your computer.

Here’s how you do it:

Video on How to Install WordPress Locally on a P.C.

Step 1: Install WAMP

  1. WAMP ServerDownload WAMP to your computer.
  2. Run through the WAMP installation process.
  3. In your taskbar, down the by the date in the bottom-right hand corner of your screen, look for the WAMP icon. Click on that icon.
  4. You should see a popup. Click “Start All Services” and then click “Localhost.”
  5. Hopefully you’ll see a white screen with the Wampserver logo in the top-left corner.

Step 2: Download WordPress

  1. Download WordPressGo to WordPress.org and click on the blue button saying “Download WordPress 3.0.x”.
  2. The file you download should have a name like wordpress-3.0.1.zip

Step 3: Move WordPress to WAMP

  1. Click on the WAMP icon in your taskbar again and now click “www directory”. This will take you to the folder where WAMP stores its websites.
  2. Move your WordPress folder from Step 2 into this directory.
  3. Extract the WordPress folder.
  4. It will be confusing to keep accessing the website through a folder called /wordpress-3.0.1/ so rename the folder to something simple such as /wordpress/

Step 4: Set up our database

  1. Click on the WAMP icon in your taskbar again and now click “phpMyAdmin”. This will take you to the software where WordPress’s databases are managed.
  2. Find the field labelled “Create new database” and enter “wordpress”. Click “Create”.
  3. Hopefully you’ll see the name “wordpress” appear in the left column.

Step 5: Install WordPress

In your browser, visit this address: http://localhost/wordpress. You’ll see the the WordPress installation screen as below:

Installation Step 1

On the first screen, simply click “Create a Configuration File”.

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Installation Step 2

On the second screen, simply click “Let’s Go!”.

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Installation Step 3

Here you will need to enter the database information:

  • Host Name: Localhost
  • Username: root
  • Password: [leave this blank]
  • Database: wordpress
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Installation Step 4

Simply click “Run the install”.

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Installation Step 5

Enter the name of your site plus the password and email you’d like to use.

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Installation Step 6

You should now have a shiny new installation of WordPress on your P.C. where you can develop your website securely in your local environment.

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  • Robbie started her career in corporate training until starting her own custom training and media company almost seventeen years ago. In 2010, she began doing classroom training for OSTraining while running Media A-Team. She is often presenting about various tech topics such as Joomla, Fabrik, Web Development, Social Media, and Augmented Reality. She loves seeing that "ah-ha" moment in peoples eyes in her sessions and workshops. She lives in Houston, Texas, but enjoys all the travel for client work and speaking gigs.

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kevin

Steve,

Thanks for the tutorial. It certainly helped. Please see my separate email with a comment for your consideration.

Many thanks My WampServer is loaded and now I can learn, learn, learn!

Kevin

Steve Burge

Great, thanks Kevin! It’s always helpful when people suggest tutorials – then we know that there’s a real need to meet.

vicky114

after installing wamp its taking me to “my website” page instead of wampserver logo on a wite screen.

Steve Burge

Hi vicky114

Could you explain that a little more about what you mean by “my website” page?

Bill.Curtis

I am new to wordpress and am looking to use it for creating a webstite. If I understand correctly, by setting up this on my own computer, I can practice all I want without having to have a domain host set up. Is that correct?

Thanks

Steve Burge

Hi Bill

Yes, that’s true.

However, there are some caveats with local installs: [url=http://www.alledia.com/blog/general-cms-issues/local-installations-are-not-worth-the-effort/]http://www.alledia.com/blog…[/url]

sainare

hasnt the wampserver logo changed yet, coz the one i have downloaded has got a ‘w’sign…

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