How to Install WordPress on XAMPP

How to Install WordPress on XAMPP

How to install WordPress? Maybe this question came to your mind when you searched many roads through internet in the expedition called “How to build my own Website”. Probably, you already heard about WordPress project. In that case you are in the right place.

Here, I want to show you how you can install WordPress on your local machine, step by step with self explanatory illustration. However, if you like film way, see second video in our video series about WordPress: Feel the Platform Itself. The title is How to Install WordPress on XAMPP.

Live website or web presentation of your business needs hosting and domain name. Hosting is a place where your site exists, other name is server. This space usually is rented from varies company’s for money (year based fee). Domain name must be unique, and also should be payed one time per year.

Our solution with local machine is good for the beginning because it is free, but in that case you don’t have a unique name and your site isn’t live (there are no viewers from internet, only you can see it). Later when you master your skills and build your website you can buy your own domain name and hosting place, and migrate your project on web.

What is XAMPP?

XAMPP is an open source software package developed by Apache friends. According to their own website, Apache Friends is a non-profit project to promote the Apache web server and it is home to the XAMPP project. This package already exists about 10 years. He has an enormous base of users. Under the hub XAMPP contains MariaDB, PHP and, Perl.

How to install WordPress?

For WordPress functioning we need clean installation of XAMPP. We only need Apache and MySQL. Our first task is to download XAMPP and the latest version of WordPress (current is 5.3.2).

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I did not turn off my antivirus software (AVG free) and the installation worked smoothly.
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Please press “Next” button.
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Put a check-mark on all of these components, and click “Next”.
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I highly recommend that you install XAMPP on SSD if you have it because the workflow is much faster. Click “Next”.
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Please read more about XAMPP project.
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This is the last step before the start of installation.
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Now, wait for the green bar.
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Click on finish and start XAMPP’s control panel.
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Choose your language.
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On Control Panel start Apache and MySQL and you have a local server.

After the XAMPP installation, we are allowed to install WordPress. This is a very simple procedure, just follow the directions.

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After the start of XAMPP server, in your address bar type “localhost” and after that click on “phpMyAdmin”.
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Click on “Databases” to create a new database.
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Put the name of your database. In our case that will be “custom9” but you can put your own, and click on “Create” button. It is very important that you remember the name of a database.
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Go to the folder where you installed XAMPP and open “htdocs” folder. To the installation folder you can navigate through “Explore” button in XAMPP control panel.
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Please extract .zip file and rename extracted folder like you named your database “custom9”.
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Open “custom9” folder and rename “wp-config-sample.php” to “wp-config.php”. For editing of this file you can use simple “Notepad”. Change database name, username and remove password. Don’t forget .php extension.
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Your changes must be the same just like at this screenshot.
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Now, in address bar type “localhost/custom9”. On the new page choose your language of WordPress installation and click “Continue”.
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Put the site title, your username and password. Your password should be the strong one with multiple characters, upper and lower case. Put your email and for now check “Search Engine Visibility”. Click on “Install WordPress”.

After installation click on “Log In”, put your credentials and again click on “Log In” button. Welcome to the WordPress Dashboard or Admin Panel – management behind the curtains. This is a command center of each WordPress based website.

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WordPress Dashboard

In the next post we are going to see more details of dashboard itself, and to learn how to manage your own website.