How to Install WordPress on Wampserver Step-by-Step

WordPress is a popular platform for creating websites. And if you want to develop a WordPress site locally, WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) is a great tool. This guide will walk you through the steps to install WordPress on Wampserver.

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Step 1: Download and Install Wampserver

First, download and install WAMP. You can use the instructions to do so in this blog post: How to Wampserver Windows Download and Install

Step 2: Run Wampserver Windows

After installation, open Wampserver from the start menu. You should see a green WAMP icon in the system tray. It indicates everything is running correctly.

Step 3: Create a Database on Wampserver

Now, click the Wampserver icon, go to MySQL, and open MySQL console.

Use root for username and Click “OK”. Then, leave the password empty and press the “Enter” button (unless you set a password during MySQL setup).

It’s time to create a new database for your WordPress site by typing:

CREATE DATABASE wordpress_db;

Replace wordpress_db with your preferred database name. Press “Enter” and exit the console (close its window).

Step 4: Download and Route WordPress

Download WordPress: Now, go to the official WordPress website and download the latest version.

Extract WordPress: Next, extract the downloaded zip file to the WAMP www directory. By default, this is C:\wamp\www.

Rename Folder: Then, you can rename the extracted WordPress folder to your desired site name, for example, mywebsite. As a result, it will be a part of the local website URL, in this example: http://localhost/mywebsite/.

Step 5: Configure WordPress Installation

Access WordPress Setup: In this step, open your web browser and go to this URL: http://localhost/mywebsite/. Replace mywebsite with what you entered previously. Next, you will see the WordPress setup wizard.

Choose the Language: Select your preferred language and click “Continue”.

Read the Information: After that, on the below page, there is some information that you will need to know before getting started. You created a database and have MySQL’s default username and password so click the “Let’s go!” button.

Database Details: Now, enter the following database details:

  • Database Name: wordpress_db (or your chosen name)
  • Username: root
  • Password: (leave this blank unless you set a password during MySQL setup)
  • Database Host: localhost
  • Table Prefix: wp_ (you can leave this as is)

Submit: Click on the “Submit” button.

If everything is correct, you see the “Run the Installation” button on the next page. Click it.

Step 6: Complete the Installation

Site Information and Install: Here, enter your site title, username, password, and email address. Ensure you remember these details. Now, click on the “Install WordPress” button.

Click “Log In”: After a few moments, you should see a success message. Click the “Log In”.

“Log in” again: Finally, enter the credentials you set up earlier and click “Log In” again.

Step 7: Test Your WordPress Site

Visit Your Site: Go http://localhost/mywebsite/ to see your new WordPress site.

Admin Dashboard: Access the admin dashboard at http://localhost/mywebsite/wp-admin/.

Troubleshooting Tips

WAMP Icon Color: Ensure the WAMP icon is green. There are issues with Apache or MySQL if it’s orange or red. In this case, restart Wampserver or check for port conflicts. And sometimes, restarting Windows resolves these issues.

Database Connection Issues: Double-check your database name, username, and password if you encounter connection errors.

Browser Cache: Clear your browser cache if you don’t see changes immediately.

Conclusion

Installing WordPress on WAMP is a straightforward process. This setup allows you to develop and test your WordPress site locally before going live. By following these steps, you can quickly get WordPress running on your local machine, giving you a powerful environment for web development. For further customization and advanced features, refer to the official WordPress documentation.

All Parts of This Series

  1. How to Wampserver Windows Download and Install
  2. How to Install WordPress on Wampserver Step-by-Step
  3. WordPress Theme Design: A Beginner Simple Overview
  4. WordPress Themes: How to Design Header & Footer

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