How to Install WordPress on Localhost using Wampserver

Wampserver is a wonderful tool for web developers, allowing them to install a host of CMSs on localhost. Let’s assume, as an example, which you are working on a website that you do not yet wish to have go live. Would it be possible to work on the site on your local machine before uploading the files to your host? Well, the good news is that this can easily be done. The process itself is comprised of a number of steps, but you should be able to do it through perseverance and patience. Note that I am an armature as far as web development is concerned. So, if I could do it, then anybody can do it. So, how do you install WordPress on localhost using WampServer?

Install WordPress on a local machine

To install WordPress on a local machine using WampServer, all that you need to do is the following;

  1. Download and Install WampServer
  2. Download the latest WordPress files from WordPress.org
  3. Open C:\wamp\www
  4. Copy the WordPress files into the www folder.
  5. Rename the WordPress files to the name of the website. As an example, you can name you folder; “wordpressexamples.” In that case, your website will be www.wordpressexamples.com.
  6. Run Wampserver. Make sure that the icon in the system tray has turned green before continuing.
  7. Go to your browser and type in “localhost” plus the name of the folder containing the WordPress files. An example would be; localhost/wordpressexamples
  8. Now you will be able to work on your website.

Possible challenges when installing WordPress on localhost

You may encounter the following challenges while trying to install WordPress on localhost using WampServer;

The WampServer icon remains red or yellow.

  • This may be due to a number of factors, including port conflicts.
  • The issue may also have to do with the fact that your computer does not have Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4. If you don’t have this, then you need to download it from the Microsoft website. Once that is done, you should restart all services. The icon should now turn green.

Looking to install Joomla on local host instead of WordPress? Follow the provided link to find out how to do it.

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