Well before starting knowing about how to install WordPress on personal Computer, did you really know before, that you can install WordPress on your local computer machine. The purpose of installing WordPress on your personal computer is to make a real working local server environment or local host. The advantage of making such working environment is to test your website locally before migrating it to live server whereas the development process is very high on local host.
Here we will discuss about how to install WordPress on your personal Windows computer using local server. There are many local servers you can install on your personal computer.
In this blog I will discuss about XAMPP, how to install it on your local personal computer.
What is XAMPP?
Xampp or Xampp Server is a cross-platform and a compilation of Apache web server, MariaDB, PHP and MySQL bundled for Windows computers. Basically, you need XAMPP to setup your own local server environment and install WordPress on Windows. There are other clients for Windows such as WAMP, but we use and recommend XAMPP. It is free and easy to use.
Installing XAMPP Server on your Local Computer
First of all lets install XAMPP on your personal computer. If you are using Windows, Linux or OS X, please click here to download on your computer.
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 work on 64-bit versions of Windows.
After downloading Xampp Server, run the installation program and follow on-screen instructions. 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.
Okay now when you download Xampp, it will be installed in your C directory by default or you can simply change the installation directory. After installation go to Xampp folder in C directory and click on htdocs folder. This is the folder where the WordPress file will be placed.
Now to install WordPress, click here and download any of the file as shown in the snapshot.
Unzip the file and put the downloaded WordPress in htdocs.
Congratulations you did almost, now its time to set your WordPress.
Just open the XAMPP Control Panel and start Apache and MySQL. Follow the instructions below.
After starting go to your browser and enter localhost/WordPress. Keep in mind that the name is set as WordPress in htdocs or you can change respectively.
Probably you will get the language set it to English. Move on gently.
Browse localhost/phpmyadmin to create a Database for your WordPress site.
So now you created Database. Copy the name and paste the following information in WordPress installation. Here I’m taking the name of Database as WordPress.
Here enter the username as root and password empty. You can change the username and password after words in the respective WordPress folder in wp-config file.
Enter the data for your site.
In this way you can create your site go on. After creating on just type localhost/WordPress in your browser you will be redirected to your WordPress site which will have default WordPress theme.
For further information about how you can create your WordPress blog from scratch click here.
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