Install WordPress locally

WordPress is an open source blogging tool powered by PHP and MySQL. In order to install WordPress locally you will need to have a web development platform already installed. If you do not have one installed I suggest you download WAMP (download and guide). This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress locally using WAMP.

You will first need to download WordPress (here). Click on the download link and save the file.

Once WordPress is finished downloading, you will need to extract it to WAMP’s web directory. Extract WordPress to WAMP’s www folder. The folder’s default path is WAMP > WWW.

To verify that you have extracted the file correctly, first make sure that WAMP is turned on. When WAMP is on, open a browser and navigate to localhost. You should now see WordPress under your projects.

You will now need to set up the database for WordPress to use. On the localhost page, click on phpmyadmin under the Tools section. Click on the database tab at the top of the page. Enter the name of the database you would like to make and click the create button.

You will now go back to localhost and click on WordPress under your projects. You will be presented with a screen that says there is not a wp-config.php file and asks you if you would like to create one, click the create a configuration file button. If you did not make any special setup changes your user name should be root and your database host will be localhost.

You will be presented with another screen to set up your website’s title and the user name that you will use to log in. Once this is filled out you can click the install WordPress button and log in with the same user name and password!