WordPress is versatile to support users to fulfill different tasks and create different types of websites. Well, if you install WordPress on your Windows computer, then it will be a good platform you create with WordPress to learn and test things, such as updates, plugins, as well as the changes of your website, before you officially push these live to your readers. In below, we are to illustrate the process or way of installing WordPress on your Windows computer locally via WAMP.
To install WordPress on your own computer is to set up a local host or local server environment. Usually, plugin developers and theme designers like installing WordPress on a localhost to boost their development process.
Whereas WordPress is open-source and flexible and also has advanced plugin compatibility, it is a wise idea to utilize WordPress for your Windows to t those major changes on your website. It will make you easily catch as well as cope with any issues before these problems affect your website SEO and performance.
Of course, there is one thing you have to know that you will be the only person to check out the website after installing WordPress on your local server environment for Windows. If you want more like creating a blog available to a wide range of audience, then you have to register a domain name as well as have a web hosting solution. For beginners, we suggest them to follow us to check out the steps of installing WordPress by using WAMP in below.
People also call WAMP as WampServer, which is an integrated software package of Apache Web server, MySQL and PHP for Windows computers. WAMP can help you set up you your local server environment as well as install WordPress on your Windows computers. It is not the only tool that can help you, and there is XAMPP for Windows as well. However, according to your rich experience, we prefer to use WAMP for this process and even better, WAMP is not only easy to use but also free of charge.
Install WampServer on Your Windows PC
To install WordPress on Windows, you need firstly install WampServer on your Windows PC – visit WampServer official site and download WampServer with the latest version. On the download page, there are a lot of options available. You just need to select one applying to your Windows (32-bit or 64-bit). If you cannot be sure to choose from the two versions, then you can just go with 32-bit edition, because it can also work on Windows (64-bit).
After downloading WampServer, you need to perform the installation and move on as the instruction on screen carefully. During the process of installation, you will be asked about your default web browser’s location.
Normally, it will use the Internet Explorer. If you have preference of Firefox or Google Chrome, you can also change to use one of them and locate the selected browser in your computer’s Program Files.
After the installation, you can launch your WampServer.
Set Up a New Database for Your WordPress
The next step is to create a new MySQL DB for your WordPress.
WampServer includes phpMyAdmin that is a web-based application for managing MySQL DBs. Find WampServer icon in your Windows taskbar, click on the phpMyAdmin.
There will be a new browser window for phpMyAdmin login. As the following screen shows, in the log in field, “Username” should be “root” by default, and you can ignore the “Password” field.
Click on “Go” button to log in, and you can see your phpMyAdmin page for managing databases. You need to click on “Databases” meta box on the page to create a blank DB for your WordPress. For creating the new database, you need to enter a name for it, and here we name it as wptest_db and then click on “Create” to enable the creation.
Install WordPress on Your Windows with WAMP
After setting up a database for your WordPress, you can move to install WordPress on your Windows PC with WAMP.
Go to WordPress.org and download a WordPress copy. After that, you need to extract the zip file you just downloaded and copy WordPress folder. Then, navigate to the folder in which you just installed WAMP. In this guide, we installed WAMP in the file of C:\wamp64 as an instance. Of course, if you have installed WAMP in different location on Windows, then the WordPress copy file should be navigated to different places. So, it depends on real situation on your computer.
Find the folder installed WAMP on your Windows and paste the copy of WordPress file into the folder of C:\wamp64\www.
You can give a new name to the WordPress folder, such as createwebsite and mywebsite. Then, the new name of WordPress folder will become your WordPress website’ URL. Therefore, you need pay attention to that to give a simple but clear name, and also it should be easy to remember. In this guide, we name the WordPress directory as mywebsite.
After that, you can open your browser on your Windows computer and search for and visit http:/localhost/mywebsite/.
At that time, the setup of your new database for WordPress will automatically start. At first, it will allow you to choose a language you use, and then display some information to help you set up the WordPress database. Once everything set up well, you can click on “Let’s Go” button to start.
Then, you will be switched to a new page where you will be asked to offer the database information. In the previous steps of setting up a DB for WordPress, we have named it as wptest_db. According to the WordPress DB setting up, your “Username” of the DB is root by default, and your “Password” is blank. After entering all database information, you can click on “Submit” and then WordPress will build up a configuration file for you.
Then, there will be a screen showing up and saying that your newly created database has been successfully connected to WordPress, so you can move on to conduct the installation of WordPress on your Windows computer. Click on “Run the install”.
Then, you will be showed with a new screen, asking you to complete the installation form. Here you need to give a title for your site, select a username with password of an admin, as well as offer an admin email account. After completing the information, you can press the button of “Install WordPress” in below.
WordPress will automatically complete the installation as well as make database tables. Once the installation is done, then there will be a messaging saying WordPress is successfully installed. Now, you can click on “Log in” button to go to WordPress dashboard.
By far, you have completed the whole process of installing WordPress on your Windows computer by using WAMP successfully. Congratulations!