1. Download WAMP. Instead of installing PHP, Apache, and MySQL mannually, WAMP can install these 3 automatically.
2. Double click the installer and install it in C:\
3. Leave Auto start uncheck. I prefer to start Wamp only when I need it.
4. Download WordPress. Extract the zip files into C:\wamp\www
5. Start Wamp Server. Go to Program Files > Wamp Server > start Wamp Server
6. Click on the Wamp icon (left click) on the toolbar and choose Localhost.
It will take you to this page.
7. Go to PHPmyadmin
8. Create new database. Name it “wptest” and click the create button. Then click on Privileges.
10. Fill in with- username:user1, host: localhost, password: password, Global Privileges-click on Check All. Then click Go.
11. Open Dreamweaver (or any text editor) and open C:\wamp\www\wordpress\wp-config-sample.php. Fill in with your database connection details. Then save the file as wp-config.php (File>Save As>wp-config.php)
12. Now go back to the Wamp Homepage or by opening your browser and type in the URL http://localhost/ . Click on “wordpress”. It’s under the “Your Projects”
13. If you see this page, then you’re ready to install WordPress in your local machine.
Just click on install.php > First Step (fill in your details) > Continue to Second Step (IMPORTANT: Note the password that is generated for you.)
14. Click on login or go to http://localhost/wordpress/wp-login.php
15. You’re all set! Now you can start to run and test WordPress on your local machine.
I’ve only created 2 blogs using WordPress. I’m not a WordPress expert but this is how I was able to run WordPress and customize its design on my PC. Hope this helps! Let me know if it works for you. If it does, I’ll share how to customize the design of blogs on my next post. :)
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