Do you want to create a local WordPress site on your computer using XAMPP?
Installing WordPress on your computer helps you try out WordPress, test themes and plugins, and learn WordPress development.
In this article, we will show you how to easily create a local WordPress site using XAMPP.
Why Create a Local WordPress Site?
Creating local WordPress sites is a common practice among developers and site owners. It allows you to test WordPress without creating an actual website on the internet.
Local websites are only visible to you on your computer. You can try different WordPress themes and plugins, test their features, and learn the WordPress basics.
Follow the step-by-step instructions in our guide on how to start a WordPress blog when you are ready to create a live website.
Having said that, let’s check out how to install WordPress locally on Windows, Mac, or Linux using XAMPP.
What Is XAMPP?
XAMPP is a software package that includes all the things you need to set up a local server environment on your computer.
In order to create a local WordPress site, you need to set up a web server software (Apache), PHP, and MySQL on your computer.
Installing them separately is quite difficult for beginners. This is where XAMPP comes in.
XAMPP makes it easy for you to build WordPress websites locally. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux-based computers.
Let’s get started by installing XAMPP and setting it up to run your local WordPress site.
Installing XAMPP on Your Computer
First, you need to visit the XAMPP website and click on the ‘Download’ button for your operating system.
Depending on your operating system, your installation wizard and the application interface may differ from the screenshots here. For the sake of this article, we will show you the Windows version of the software.
After downloading XAMPP, you will need to click and run the installer.
XAMPP will ask where to install the software and which packages you’d like to install. The default settings will work for most users. Keep clicking on the ‘Next’ button to finish the setup wizard.
After finishing the wizard, check the ‘start the control panel now’ option and then click on the ‘Finish’ button.
This will launch the XAMPP Control Panel app.
Using the XAMPP app, you can run Apache web server as your local server and MySQL as your database server. Go ahead and click on the ‘Start’ button next to both Apache and MySQL.
XAMPP will now start Apache and MySQL.
You may see a Windows firewall notification. It is important that you click on the ‘Allow Access’ button for both applications to run on your computer.
Once both applications are started, their names will be highlighted in green.
Now, you are ready to create a local website and install WordPress using XAMPP.
Creating a Local WordPress Site With XAMPP
First, you will need to download WordPress. Visit the WordPress.org website and click on the ‘Download WordPress’ button.
After downloading WordPress, you need to extract the zip file, and you will see a
You need to copy this folder.
Next, head over to your XAMPP installation folder.
On Windows, it will be
C:/Program Files/XAMPP/htdocs or
On Mac, it will be
wordpress folder you copied earlier inside the ‘htdocs’ folder.
We recommend renaming the ‘wordpress’ folder to ‘website’ or anything else. This will help you easily identify your local site.
Next, you need to open your favorite web browser.
You can enter the following URL into your browser’s address bar:
If you renamed the WordPress folder something else, then make sure you replace ‘website1’ with your own folder name.
This will load the WordPress installation wizard, and you’ll be asked to select a language. After selecting a language, click on the ‘Continue’ button.
On the next screen, you will see the WordPress welcome screen.
It includes a notice that WordPress needs a database name, database username, password, and host information.
Let’s create a database for your WordPress site.
You’ll need to open a new browser tab and visit
You need to click on ‘Databases’ and provide a name for your new database. After that, click on the ‘Create’ button to continue.
Now that you have created a database, you can use it for your WordPress site.
Switch back to the
/localhost/website1/ browser tab and click on the ‘Let’s Go’ button.
On the next screen, you will be asked to provide your WordPress database information.
Enter the database name you created earlier. Your username is ‘root’, and you should leave the password field blank. For the database host field, you need to use localhost.
Once you are done, click on the ‘Submit’ button to continue.
If you are on Windows or Linux, WordPress will now store these settings in your WordPress configuration file called wp-config.php.
However, if you are on a Mac, then it will show you the contents of the file and will ask you to create it.
You will need to create this file in your website’s root folder.
After creating the file, paste the text you copied earlier inside it. Next, you need to save the file and return back to the WordPress installer to continue.
In the next step, WordPress will ask you to provide information about your website. First, enter the title you want to use for this site.
After that, you need to enter a username, password, and email address for your admin account.
Once you have filled in all the information, click on the ‘Install WordPress’ button to continue.
WordPress will now run the installation and prompt you to log in once it’s done.
You can log in to your website by going to the /localhost/website1/wp-admin page and using the username and password that you entered during installation.
Things to Try After Creating a Local WordPress Site
Now that you have created your local WordPress site using XAMPP, you can work on it like you would on a live WordPress site.
Head over to the Appearance menu in the WordPress admin sidebar to customize your site’s appearance or install a new theme.
Here are some great free themes that you can try.
The next thing you would want to try is installing some WordPress plugins.
Need help installing plugins? See our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Bonus: Moving Local WordPress Site to Live Server
After working on your local WordPress site, you may want to move it to a live server to make your first WordPress blog or website.
To do that, you’ll need a domain name and web hosting account. Normally, a domain name costs $14.99, and website hosting starts at $7.99 per month.
That’s too much if you are just starting out.
Luckily, Bluehost is offering WPBeginner users a free domain name with a generous discount on hosting. Basically, you can get started for $1.99 per month.
For more hosting recommendations, take a look at our complete WordPress hosting guide.
Once you have signed up for hosting, you can follow our step-by-step guide on how to move WordPress from a local server to a live site.
Expert Guides on Local WordPress Sites
Now that you know how to create a local WordPress site using XAMPP, you may like to see some other guides related to local WordPress installations.
- Glossary: Localhost
- How to Install WordPress Locally on Mac (2 Easy Ways)
- How to Install WordPress on a Windows Computer (2 Methods)
- How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site (2 Methods)
- How to Move a Live WordPress Site to Local Server
- How to Receive WordPress Emails from Localhost with SMTP
- How to Reset WordPress Admin Password on Localhost
- How to Easily Create a Staging Site for WordPress (Step by Step)
We hope this article helped you learn how to create a local WordPress site using XAMPP. You may also want to see our guide on why you should use WordPress for your website or our expert picks for the best free website hosting.