Here i am describing how to install wordpress in localhost using xampp. So let’s see the first requisit for that.
XAMPP stand for cross-platform, Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl. It’s a simple and lightweight solution that allows you to create a local web server for testing purposes.
Since XAMPP is cross-platform, it also works on Mac and LInux, but today we’re going to look at setting up XAMPP on Windows 7.
WordPress isn’t a stand-alone application and needs server software to run. XAMPP provides the necessary environment needed to run WordPress on a local machine.
Download XAMPP from the Apache Friends website.
The XAMPP file is 125MB. Once downloaded, launch the installer.
You may receive warnings about installing the software on your computer. As you would when installing any software on Windows, use your best judgment.
The XAMPP setup wizard will guide you through the installation.
XAMPP setup wizard.
In the next window you will be asked to select which components of the software you would like to install and which one you don’t want. Some options, such as Apache and PHP are greyed out because they are essential to running the software.
It’s up to you which components you want and don’t want. Since I we want to run WordPress on this localhost, I’ll leave MySQL and phpMyAdmin checked and uncheck the remaining options.
components of the software you want to install and untick the ones you don’t want.
Next, select the folder where you would like to install XAMPP. I’m going to create a new folder in C:Program FilesXAMPP.
Select the folder where you would like to install XAMPP.
In the next window you’ll be asked whether you would like to install Bitnami for XAMPP, which offers free tools for installing WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! on top of XAMPP. We’re going to install WordPress manually and without this promotional program, so untick “Learn more about Bitnami for XAMPP” and click “Next.”
In this tutorial we’re going to set up WordPress manually, so untick this option.
After going through all those options, XAMPP is now ready to install.
Once installed, you’ll be asked whether you would like to start the Control Panel. Leave this option ticked and click “Finish.”
Installation is quick and painless.
If you receive any security/firewall warnings during the installation process (such as the one below), make sure you check “Private networks, such as my home or work network” and click “Allow access.” This is very important. If you don’t allow access, XAMPP won’t work.
Allow access for Apache and MySQL to ensure XAMPP can run.
If you left “Do you want to start the Control Panel now?” checked during installation, the Control Panel will automatically open. If not, go to the XAMPP folder on you computer and open “XAMPP Control Panel”.
The XAMPP Control Panel.
Start up both Apache and MySQL. If you have installed XAMPP properly, both components should run fine without any errors, however, if there are any other applications on your computer using the same ports as these modules then you need to quit the conflicting applications using the same ports and restart XAMPP.
XAMPP running smoothly.
You can check if your new local server is installed by visiting http://localhost in your browser.
Localhost is now installed and working!
Setting Up Your MySQL Database:
Before we install WordPress, we need a database.
On your XAMPP Control Panel, click the “Admin” button in the MySQL section.
Click “Admin” to set up MySQL.
A new browser window will automatically open with the phpMyAdmin interface.
Click “Admin” to set up MySQL or go to “localhost/phpmyadmin” in your browser.
Click on “Databases” near the top-left and you’ll be prompted to create a new database. I’ve called mine “WP”. When you’ve entered a name, click “Create” and close the window.
Quickly and easily set up a new MySQL database for WordPress.
Download and Install WordPress
Download the latest version of WordPress.
In order to get WordPress working with XAMPP we need to unzip WordPress to the right folder. Go to the XAMPP folder on your computer and open the htdocs folder, i.e. C:/Program Files/XAMPP/htdocs.
Go to XAMPP/htdocs folder on your computer and unzip WordPress there.
Unzip WordPress into its own folder and rename it whatever you like. For consistency, I’m going to call this installation of WordPress “WP” to match the name of the database I just created.
Open the link on your browser.
http://localhost/WP. It will redirect you to the installation page.
Continue to the next step after selecting your preferred language.
Set database name same as your database name that you have created earlier. User name should be root and password should be blank. Database host is localhost and you can set table prefix whatever you want. And submit the form for the next step. You are almost close.
Run the install.
Set the site title. Like “My first wordpress site”. Set your username, password and put your email id as admin mail Id. If your selected admin password is not strong enough a field will appear.
Confirm the weak password and press install wordpress button.
This will appear. Press log in button and it will redirect you to the login page.