How to Install & Host WordPress Locally using WAMP

In this video tutorial, I will quickly show you how to setup, install, & host WordPress using the Wamp Server software.

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1. Install WordPress on WAMP

The process of installing WordPress on your personal computer is also known as setting up a local server environment or localhost. It’s a good idea to use WordPress for Windows in order to test any major changes to your site. This way you can catch and fix any issues before they affect your audience.

What is WAMP?

WAMP, also called WampServer, is a compilation of Apache web server, PHP and MySQL bundled for Windows computers. You need WAMP to setup your own local server environment and install WordPress on Windows.

Installing WampServer on your PC

The first thing you need to do is go to the WampServer website and download & install the latest WampServer. You will be presented with various options on their download page. Simply choose the one that applies to your Windows (64-bit or 32-bit). When in doubt, select the 32-bit version because it will also work on 64-bit versions of Windows.

At one point during the installation, WampServer will ask for the location of the default web browser.

By default it will use Internet Explorer, but you can change that to Google Chrome or Firefox by locating the browser in Program Files.

Once you are done with the installation, launch WampServer.
Setting Up a Database for WordPress

Next, you’ll need to make a blank MySQL database WordPress can use.

WampServer comes with phpMyAdmin, a web based application to manage MySQL databases. Click on the Wampserver icon in windows taskbar and then click on phpmyadmin.

Launching PHPMyAdmin

The phpMyAdmin login screen will open in a new browser window. By default, the Username will be root, and you can leave the password field blank.

logging in to PHPMyAdmin

Once logged in, click on Databases in phpmMyAdmin to create a new database for WordPress. You will be asked to choose a name for your database (I named mine rock). After that click on the “Create” button.

Installing WordPress on Windows with WAMP

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The next step is to install WordPress. You will need to download a copy of WordPress from WordPress.org. Go ahead and extract the zip file and copy the wordpress folder.

After that, you need to navigate to the folder where you installed WAMP.

In our tutorial, we installed it in C:wamp64, so we’ll refer to that folder going forward. But keep in mind, it may be different for you depending on where you installed the program.

Paste the wordpress folder into the C:wamp64www folder.

You can rename the wordpress folder to anything you want. This will be the URL of your local WordPress site, so be sure to choose something you’ll remember easily.

Now open your web browser and go to http://localhost/rock/

The WordPress database setup will start automatically. First it will ask you to select your language. After that it will show you some information about setting up your database. Click the Let’s Go button when you’re ready.

On the next screen, you’ll need to provide your database information. The database name will be the one that you entered in the last step. In our case, we called it rock.

Your default database username will be root and you can leave the password blank.

Next, click on the submit button and WordPress will create a configuration file for you.

setting up the WordPress database

After this you will see a screen informing you that WordPress has successfully connected to your database, and you can proceed with the installation.

Go ahead and click the Run the install button.

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On the next screen, you can fill out the installation form. You need to provide a title for your website, choose an admin username / password, and provide admin email address.

Once you’re ready, press the Install WordPress button.

configuring WordPress settings

WordPress will quickly run the installation and create database tables. Once done, you will see a success message after the installation is complete.

 

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