There are millions of WordPress users and that number's growing rapidly. People are creating more and more websites to leverage their business to a greater extent.
In the last couple of years, the chances of getting a website broken have increased a lot. For the non-techie people, it can be a nightmare.
That's the reason it's always recommended to create a local environment to test the new plugins and themes before using on the live website.
You have heard about XAMPP and WAMP. These are the free software which can be used to create a local server.
And WordPress is not new to you. Depending on the local machine you have, you can choose your software. Most of the Windows' user prefer XAMPP because it's light and fast.
But WAMP can be friendly on both the operating systems. I am going to show you a step by step process to set up WAMP and install WordPress on Windows.
The Things You Need to Create a Local Environment
I am going to mention a few steps you require to follow to have a local server on your computer.
Download WAMP software from its official website.
You will see two different versions. 64bit and 32bit. Depending on your local machine, you have to download it.
I chose 64bit version.
Just like any other software, you have to install it on your computer. Click on the downloader and the installation will get initiated.
Follow the steps including the decision to choose the destination for this installation and similar.
Mostly, people prefer the Windows drive.
Now is the time to download the latest version of WordPress from its official website. It will in the form of a ZIP file which will consist of a "wordpress" folder.
You have to extract it and copy it.
Navigate to the drive where you have installed WAMP and find its folder. It can be simply WAMP, WAMP64 or WAMP32.
Open it and search for "www" folder. Open it and paste the folder you copied from the ZIP file.
To start using WAMP, you have to open it using its icon from the desktop. Once you do it, you have to check if all the services are running or not.
Go to the right side of the taskbar and open the icon box. You will see the green WAMP icon.
Now is the time to create the database. Click on the phpMyAdmin option or you can directly open localhost on your web browser.
Just like any simple process, you can create the new database by using the "New" option shown on the left-hand side navigation menu.
Fill out the name of the database and click on the "Create" button.
Note: It's better to choose the name as "wordpress".
Now that you have created the database the all the services of WAMP are running, you should start installing WordPress.
Open localhost/wordpress on your web browser and you will be asked to choose the language for your WordPress installation followed by another page. Click on the Let's Go button.
The next step consists of the details of the database. You don't need any password, do it as shown on the screenshot.
This is the most vital information you may need to fill out. The details of your website which will be used to log in after this installation.
- Site Title
- Email Address
- Search Engine discourage box(check it)
These login credentials will be helpful.
You will see the success message with the username you have used offering a button to log in to your WordPress admin panel.
Either use that button or directly open localhost/wordpress/wp-login.php in your browser.
Congrats, you have successfully installed WordPress on your local server created by WAMP. Now, you can start testing new plugins and themes.
In my starting days, I used to be so scared because of the legit stories about the websites getting slow because of the poorly-coded plugins.
So I decided to create my own local environment which helped me a lot. Since then I have been using it to try new things.
You can break anything you want, learn more, it takes only a few minutes to create a new local server.
Can You Now Use WAMP and Install WordPress
This is the most vital question to answer. Whether you're a techie person or not, you should think from a futuristic perspective.
No one else is going to do it for you. Creating the local environment helps you embrace your skills and makes you independent.
You should have a coherent discussion and start acting on the decision you take.
I hope you can follow the above-mentioned steps. Take each step carefully and try not to make any mistake. Even if you do, try again.
This local environment is going to help you explore more about the WordPress platform, its plugins, and themes. You can also create an offline website.
Using WAMP is the easiest way to do so. Although we have the alternative still it's better to choose with what you're comfortable.
If you still face any problem, feel free to ask.
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