How to Run WordPress Locally
WordPress is a CMS or Content Management System. WordPress is also a very well loved, blogging platform. Set up a unique site using the theme you desire. There are tons of free WordPress themes, but first you need to install WordPress locally. We will provide you step-by-step instructions to do just that. You will find it easy to do and you will be running your WordPress programs seamlessly in nothing flat. If you are a beginner this will save you a lot of research and hopefully introduce you the amazing WordPress program. WordPress was designed to make your life easier, so just walk through these steps and you will be amazed at how good this program really is.
The first thing you need to know is WordPress requires a server. You must have a WAMP/ XAMP server installed on your machine. Without it you will not be able to install WordPress. Relax, it is very easy. The server you install must support PHP and MySQL requirements. We are going to instruct with WAMP server that has the proper support. To make it easier for you, click HERE to get it. Of course you can use the server of your choice; we are including this for your convenience.
Open a browser on your computer (making sure it is the only one open) and install WAMP or server of your choice. WAMP stands for Windows Apache MySQL and PHP (See how handy that name is?)
If it does not run automatically, double click the icon and install WAMP to your directory. By default it will go to C drive. Unless you have a need to change it, just leave it there.
Activate WAMP Server. When the WAMP server was installed a red “W” should have come up on your task-bar. Click it to activate it. When it is activated it will turn into a green “W”. Note; you will have to activate it every time you turn on your computer.
Listen to the Latest Episodes Right Now.
Go to www.wordpress.org and download the latest version of WordPress. This will download in a ZIP file.
Open the directory where you installed the WAMP server. (Again, by default it will have gone into your C drive.) When you find it copy your file and rename it something like wordpress2, right click it and select “extract here”.
You are now going to type the following on the address bar (opened browser) “localhost/phpmyadmin/” and simply press enter.
Your PHP admin page is going to come up. Relax, it is supposed to. Across the top is a toolbar. In the left corner next to the PHP Admin logo is “Database” to create your database. When it comes up you can enter a name for your database and then just click “create”. Now you are ready to use the database and halfway through the process.
On your browser (address bar at the top) type the word “localhost”.
Select the file you renamed (wordpress2). You should not get a screen saying there is no configuration (and that is what it is supposed to do).
Click the button marked “Create a configuration file”.
A WordPress page should come up and down the page is a “Let’s Go” button. Click “Let’s Go”
This is not hard. It is fill in the blank. But this is where you can really mess up so fill in the blanks carefully.
Database Name - Must be the same as the database name you created earlier for WordPress. (see step 5)
User name – by default is “root”
Password – unless you entered a password when you were creating your database, leave this field blank
Leave the other fields as they are and click “submit”.
Fill in your basic information such as a password, email address and general terms and click “install WordPress”.
If you have followed each of these steps, you should see a WordPress page that begins with the word “SUCCESS!”
You may now click the “login” button and login to your account.
There are a wide variety of free themes to choose from. Browse and find something you like. You may also be ready to install your plug-ins. WordPress has a huge amount of plug-ins to make your site do what you want it to do. Before you begin you may want to clear your cache. Once you have cleared your cache, you are free to activate plug-ins. This does not always need to be done, but sometimes plug-ins is accidently activated before they need to be. This causes a conflict, but clearing your cache is usually all you need to do. If you still see a conflict deactivate the plug-in, clear your cache then reactivate the plug-in. This should take care of it.
WordPress is a very easy system to install. It is also easy to use and offers every tool you need for a successful CMS or blogging platform. Design your site like a pro and offer unique features that are sure to drive up your traffic. WordPress is the fastest growing and most popular blogging platform and it is used by thousands of people all around the world. It is easy to find information you need to operate and troubleshoot the system.
The WordPress website recommends pages of plug-ins. Though there are others out there, we suggest you begin with plug-ins featured on the WordPress site. You will also find, WordPress is not only easy to administrate, it is very user friendly which saves man hours and increases profit.
You are ready to work your site. Enjoy.