XAMPP is a desktop application that lets you easily set up the software you need to run WordPress on a local computer.
It allows you to build websites privately off the internet. It’s a good way to learn how to use WordPress and fully customize your website before you are ready to show it to the world.
The software is free of charge and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
An Overview of XAMPP and How to Use It
XAMPP is a software package that includes all the things you need to set up a local server environment on your computer. This allows you to build WordPress websites locally.
Here are some things that WordPress relies on to be able to run:
- Web server software such as Apache or NGINX
- Database management software like MySQL
- The PHP programming language
It can be difficult for beginners to install them separately. This is where XAMPP comes in.
XAMPP is open-source software, and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux-based computers. It combines Apache, MariaDB (an alternative to MySQL), and the PHP and Perl programming languages. It installs them all in a beginner-friendly way.
You can learn how to do this in our guide on how to create a local WordPress site using XAMPP.
It is also possible to use XAMPP to install WordPress on a bootable USB stick.
Once XAMPP is installed, you will need to download WordPress and install it on your computer.
After that, you can visit your WordPress website by typing ‘localhost’ into your web browser. If you installed WordPress in a subdirectory, then you will need to include the subdirectory name as well, such as ‘localhost/fashionsite’.
Why Install WordPress on Your Local Computer?
A local installation of WordPress differs from a live website in a few ways.
First of all, no one else can see your website. This is a private environment where you can learn WordPress basics such as how to build a website or gain the skills you need to pursue a career in WordPress.
You can also use a local WordPress installation to try out different WordPress themes and plugins and test their features before installing them on your live website.
It’s common to use software like XAMPP to create staging sites. These are used for testing changes before making them live, letting you catch errors before they break your live website.
Besides this, web designers can use local installations to show different website designs to their clients before they go live, and developers regularly use local sites when creating WordPress plugins and themes.
Are There Any XAMPP Alternatives?
There are many alternative applications that allow you to install WordPress on your computer, such as WAMP, MAMP, Local, and more.
We hope this article helped you learn more about XAMPP in WordPress. You may also want to see our Additional Reading list below for related articles on useful WordPress tips, tricks, and ideas.
- How to Create a Local WordPress Site Using XAMPP
- How to Download WordPress for Free (Step by Step)
- How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site (2 Methods)
- How to Move a Live WordPress Site to Local Server
- How to Install WordPress on a Windows Computer (2 Methods)
- How to Easily Create a Staging Site for WordPress (Step by Step)
- How to Install WordPress On a USB Stick Using XAMPP