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In this guide, you’ll learn how to set up WordPress on your local WAMP server.

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

This guide is part of the Turning Your Computer into a Local Web Server series. Learn more from the main page.

Installing WordPress on Your Local WAMP Server

Note: This guide is written for WordPress 2.7.1, but the procedure will be almost identical for all versions of WordPress.

To install WordPress on WAMP, do the following:

  1. Download the latest version of WordPress here
  2. Extract the zip file and copy the wordpress directory to C:\wamp\www
  3. Give the directory a meaningful name
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 1
  4. Now go to http://localhost/. Under Your Aliases, click on phpmyadmin
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 2
  5. When phpMyAdmin loads, click on Databases. Under Create a new database, type in a database name and click Create
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 3
  6. You will receive confirmation that the database creation is successful
  7. Go to http://localhost/[your directory]
  8. Click Create a Configuration File
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 4
  9. Click Let’s go!
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 5
  10. Type in your database information and click Submit
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 6
  11. Click Run the install
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 7
  12. Enter your site-to-be’s information and click Install WordPress
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 8
  13. Take note of your login information and click Log in
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 9
  14. Log in to WordPress
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 10
  15. Your new shiny WordPress installation is now complete (you can now look at who else has installed wordpress on their local host lately with the pingback information under ‘Incoming Links‘)
    Installing WordPress on WAMP 11

Now you’ve learned how to install WordPress, you can build a test website and practice before you put a website on the WWW.



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  5. MSherwood says:

    Works perfectly. Thanks for the tutorial buddy!

  6. MSherwood says:

    Works perfectly. Thanks for the tutorial buddy!

  7. MSherwood says:

    Works perfectly. Thanks for the tutorial buddy!

  8. Phil says:

    Hi,this is a post I.m duplicating from one as yet unanswered in Windows Forums.
    I have been trying to install WordPress on my Vista Home Premium machine (as per MintyWhite) and have run into a lot of trouble. I have installed the Wamp Server OK (MySQL, Apache and PHP) but WordPress won’t play ball.
    When I reach the point of accessing localhost, from the System Tray menu, I am directed to Microsoft’s IIS page. Is it my version of Vista that’s the issue, because I have no such problem when I install the program on Windows XP on another machine? However, even here, I have a problem supplying the necessary info to successfully create and configure a database. We are told, in a notification, that we must have certain details to hand before we can successfully accomplish this – username, password etc. Where do these come from? Can I simply make them up and enter them into the config-sample.php file and save it as config.php or am I missing something here?
    Enlightenment much appreciated. Thank you.

    Phil

  9. Phil says:

    Hi,this is a post I.m duplicating from one as yet unanswered in Windows Forums.
    I have been trying to install WordPress on my Vista Home Premium machine (as per MintyWhite) and have run into a lot of trouble. I have installed the Wamp Server OK (MySQL, Apache and PHP) but WordPress won’t play ball.
    When I reach the point of accessing localhost, from the System Tray menu, I am directed to Microsoft’s IIS page. Is it my version of Vista that’s the issue, because I have no such problem when I install the program on Windows XP on another machine? However, even here, I have a problem supplying the necessary info to successfully create and configure a database. We are told, in a notification, that we must have certain details to hand before we can successfully accomplish this – username, password etc. Where do these come from? Can I simply make them up and enter them into the config-sample.php file and save it as config.php or am I missing something here?
    Enlightenment much appreciated. Thank you.

    Phil

    1. Rich says:

      Phil. With regard to IIS, you just need to disable it, and this should no longer be a problem.

      With respect to the config.php information, you don’t need to edit that file. Just create the database with PhpMyAdmin (available from http://localhost/ with WAMP installed) and use ‘root’ as the username and leave the password blank. Further details about this are found in this guide.

      I hope this helps.

  10. Phil says:

    Hi,this is a post I.m duplicating from one as yet unanswered in Windows Forums.
    I have been trying to install WordPress on my Vista Home Premium machine (as per MintyWhite) and have run into a lot of trouble. I have installed the Wamp Server OK (MySQL, Apache and PHP) but WordPress won’t play ball.
    When I reach the point of accessing localhost, from the System Tray menu, I am directed to Microsoft’s IIS page. Is it my version of Vista that’s the issue, because I have no such problem when I install the program on Windows XP on another machine? However, even here, I have a problem supplying the necessary info to successfully create and configure a database. We are told, in a notification, that we must have certain details to hand before we can successfully accomplish this – username, password etc. Where do these come from? Can I simply make them up and enter them into the config-sample.php file and save it as config.php or am I missing something here?
    Enlightenment much appreciated. Thank you.

    Phil

    1. Rich says:

      Phil. With regard to IIS, you just need to disable it, and this should no longer be a problem.

      With respect to the config.php information, you don’t need to edit that file. Just create the database with PhpMyAdmin (available from http://localhost/ with WAMP installed) and use ‘root’ as the username and leave the password blank. Further details about this are found in this guide.

      I hope this helps.

  11. Rich says:

    Phil. With regard to IIS, you just need to disable it, and this should no longer be a problem.

    With respect to the config.php information, you don’t need to edit that file. Just create the database with PhpMyAdmin (available from http://localhost/ with WAMP installed) and use ‘root’ as the username and leave the password blank. Further details about this are found in this guide.

    I hope this helps.

  12. Mushtaqbunir says:

    very usefull post.
    I was trying to install wamp server and wordpress for the last 2 weeks, but was unsuccessfull.
    thanks for this very informative post.

  13. Dvdst711 says:

    I’m running into a problem at#7# Go to http://localhost/%5Byour directory], I have WordPress in the Wamp folder but http://localhost/wamp/wordpress gives me a 404, I used your example and entered http://localhost//wordpress/ and all I get is a blank page. Cannot find or go onto #8 Click Create a Configuration File.

    This tutorial has gotten me closer to installing WordPress locally but I’m not there yet.

    1. Rich says:

      Try http://localhost/wordpress/ (also make sure the WordPress directory is in www) with only one slash. Does that work?

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