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How to Install WordPress on a Windows Computer (2 Methods)

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Do you want to install WordPress on your Windows computer locally?

Working with WordPress on your computer allows you to test new WordPress features, learn how to develop with WordPress, and make websites before migrating them to the live server.

In this article, we will show you how to properly install WordPress on a Windows computer using two different methods. This will work on Windows 8, Windows 10, and other versions of Windows as well.

How to Install WordPress on a Windows computer

Why You Should Install WordPress on Windows?

Installing WordPress locally on your computer gives you a testing environment that doesn’t affect your live website or blog. A WordPress install on your computer is also referred to as a local server or localhost.

Normally, WordPress developers use local WordPress install to develop their WordPress plugins and themes.

Beginner users can also install WordPress on their computers to learn WordPress, test new WordPress themes and plugins, and experiment without affecting a live website.

Note: If you install WordPress locally on Windows, then the only person who can see that site is you.

If you want to make a website that is available to the public, then you need to have a domain name and web hosting. We recommend that you follow this guide on how to start a WordPress blog.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to properly install WordPress on a Windows computer. We’ll show you 2 easy ways, so you can click the link below to jump ahead to any section you’re interested in:

Install WordPress on Windows Using Local WP

Local WP, formerly known as Local by Flywheel, is a local web software that lets you host a website on your computer instead of a staging or live server.

First, you need to download and install the Local WP software on your Windows computer. Simply go to the Local WP website and click the ‘Download for Free’ button.

Download Local by Flywheel

After that, a popup window will appear where you’ll need to select your platform.

Go ahead and choose ‘Windows’ from the dropdown menu.

Choose Windows as your platform

Next, you can enter your details like first and last name, work email address, and phone number to download the software.

Upon entering the details, simply click the ‘Get it Now’ button.

Enter your details

After that, you can download the software on your computer. Once it’s downloaded, go ahead and launch the setup wizard.

Now you’ll need to select whether you’d like to install the software for all users or only you. Once you’ve selected an option, click the ‘Next’ button.

Choose user profiles for software

In the next step, you can select the ‘Destination Folder’ where the software will be installed.

Simply click the ‘Browse’ button to set the path and then click the ‘Install’ button.

Select your installation path

The Local WP software will now install on your Windows computer.

Once it’s done, you can check the ‘Run Local’ checkbox and click the ‘Finish’ button in the setup wizard.

Run local software

The software will now launch on your Windows device.

The next step is to add a new local website. To do that, simply click the plus (+) button at the bottom.

Add a new local site

After that, you can create a site in the Local software.

Go ahead and select the ‘Create a New Site’ option and click the ‘Continue’ button.

Create a new WordPress site

Next, you can enter a name for your local website like wordpresslocalsite.

There are also advanced options where you can enter the local site domain and local site path. If you’re just starting out, then we recommend keeping the default settings.

Once you’re done, simply click the ‘Continue’ button.

Enter a name for your site

After that, you will need to choose an environment for your local website.

You can use the ‘Preferred’ environment where the software will automatically select the PHP version, web server, and MySQL version. On the other hand, you can also select ‘Custom’ and enter the environment details.

For this tutorial, we’ll use the Preferred settings and click the ‘Continue’ button.

Choose an environment

Next, you can enter a WordPress username and password for your local website. Plus, there’s also an option to choose a WordPress email address where you’ll receive all the email notifications.

There’s also an advanced option where the software will ask whether you have a WordPress multisite network.

After entering these details, simply click the ‘Add Site’ button.

Select a username and password

The software will now install WordPress and set up your website.

To launch the local website, go ahead and click the ‘WP Admin’ button in the software.

Open WP admin

Next, you’ll see the WordPress admin login page.

Simply enter the username and password you entered earlier when setting up the local website and then click the ‘Log In’ button.

Login page example

You can now edit your local website on your Windows computer.

When you’re done, don’t forget to stop the website from the Local WP software by clicking the ‘Stop site’ button.

Click the stop site button

Install WordPress on Windows Using WampServer

WampServer or WAMP is a compilation of Apache web server, PHP and MySQL bundled for Windows computers.

All of them are separate open-source software. However, installing them separately is not quite easy even for experienced users. Software like WampServer allows you to easily install them and have a working local environment within minutes.

First, you need to download the WAMP software and install it on your computer. Simply go to the WampServer website and click on the ‘Start Using WampServer’ button.

WampServer site

It will take you to the downloads section. You’ll see two versions here: WampServer 32 bits and WampServer 64 bits.

You need to select the WampServer version that matches the operating system type of your Windows computer.

Select your Windows version

To find out whether you are using a 32 or 64-bit operating system, simply search for ‘Control Panel’ in the search bar in the Start taskbar.

After that, you can go to System and Security » System on your computer. There you will be able to see your System Type.

Check system type

Now that you know your Windows operating system type, simply select the correct WampServer software version.

When you click the download button, a form will open asking for your personal details. If you don’t want to provide this information, go ahead click the ‘you can download it directly’ link.

Download Wamp directly from the link

Once downloaded, you can click on the WampServer execution file to run the installation.

Now select a language from the dropdown menu and click the ‘OK’ button.

Select your language

In the next step, you’ll see the License Agreement.

Go ahead and select the ‘I accept the agreement’ option and click the ‘Next’ button.

Agree to license agreement

After that, the setup wizard will show information about the WampServer installation.

You can simply click the ‘Next’ button to continue.

Read general information and click next

Next, you can select the destination location where the software will be installed.

To change the default location, go ahead and click the ‘Browse’ button and choose your preferred folder. When you’re done, click the ‘Next’ button.

Select your destination folder

The setup wizard will ask you to select different components you’d like to install. These include the PHP versions, MySQL versions, and more.

You can also keep the default options and click the ‘Next’ button to move forward.

Select installation components

Next, you can select a start menu folder. Go ahead and click the ‘Browse’ button to choose a different folder.

Once you’ve selected a folder, click the ‘Next’ button to continue.

Select a start menu folder

The software will now be ready to install. You can see a summary of the destination location, setup type, selected components, and more.

Go ahead and click the ‘Install’ button.

Ready to install

During the installation process, you need to define the location of the web browser. By default, it will be Internet Explorer.

You can change that to Google Chrome or any other web browser by locating it in the Program Files of your computer.

Select a different browser

Similarly, it will also ask if you’d like to use Notepad when using WampServer.

After that, the setup wizard will show information about how WampServer works.

Go ahead and click the ‘Next’ button.

Read information on how to use WampServer

You’ve now successfully installed WampServer on your Windows device.

Simply click the ‘Finish’ button to exit the setup wizard.

Finish the setup wizard

Once installed, you can launch the WampServer from your desktop shortcut or from the destination location where you installed the software.

The next thing you need to do is to create a blank MySQL database.

On launching WampServer, you’ll see a green icon at the bottom right corner of your screen along with other icons. Simply left-click on it and then click on phpMyAdmin (a web-based application to manage MySQL databases).

Note: If the WampServer icon is red or yellow, then it means the services (Apache, MySQL, PHP) are not running. You need to start the services by clicking on the icon before setting up the database.

Open phpmyadmin from the taskbar

It will take you to the phpMyAdmin login screen on your web browser.

Simply enter the username: root and leave the password field blank. These are the default credentials to login into your localhost phpMyAdmin.

Login to your phpmyadmin panel

Click on the ‘Go’ button to continue.

Once logged in, you need to click on Databases in phpmMyAdmin to create a new database for WordPress.

It will ask you to choose a name for your new database (we named ours test_db). After that, click on the ‘Create’ button.

Create a database

Your database is ready which means you can now install WordPress on localhost.

The next thing you need to do is download the latest version of WordPress from the website. It will download as a zip file.

Download WordPress

Next, you need to extract the zip file and copy the ‘wordpress’ folder.

For this tutorial, we are using WinRAR to unzip the file. Simply click the ‘Extract To’ option at the top.

Extract WordPress files

Now you need to navigate to the folder where you installed WAMP.

In this tutorial, we installed WAMP in C:\wamp64, so we’ll refer to that folder going forward. However, keep in mind that it may be different for you depending on where you installed the program.

Paste the ‘wordpress’ folder into the C:\wamp64\www folder.

Paste WordPress folder to Wamp

You can rename the ‘wordpress’ folder to anything you want, such as mysite, testsite, etc. This will be the URL of your local WordPress site, so be sure to choose something you’ll remember easily.

For the sake of this tutorial, we renamed the folder from wordpress to mysite.

Next, you can open the web browser and go to http://localhost/mysite/ and click on ‘wordpress’ folder.

Go to the wordpress folder

First, it’ll ask you to select a language and then show you the database setup information.

After selecting a language, click the ‘Continue’ button.

Select a language

Next, you’ll see a welcome to WordPress notice.

Once you have read it carefully, go ahead and click on the ‘Let’s go’ button to continue.

Welcome to WordPress notice

After that, you need to enter your database details like database name, username, password, host, and table prefix.

The database name will be the one that you entered in the previous step. In our case, we called it ‘test_db’. The username will be ‘root’, and you can leave the password field blank. You can also leave the database host and table prefix as-is.

Enter username and password

Next, click on the ‘Submit’ button and WordPress will create a configuration file for you in the backend.

On the next screen, you will see a success message stating that WordPress is connected to your database, and you can proceed with the installation.

Go ahead and click on the ‘Run the installation’ button to continue.

Click run the installation

It will take you to the welcome screen for WordPress. You need to add a title for your new WordPress website, choose an admin username, enter a strong password, and provide an admin email address.

Once you’re ready, click on the ‘Install WordPress’ button.

Enter login information

After the installation process is complete, you’ll see a success message. In the background, WordPress has created new tables in your database and it’s ready to use.

You can then proceed to your WordPress dashboard by clicking on the ‘Log In’ button.

Log in to your admin panel

Congratulations, you have successfully installed WordPress on a Windows computer using WampServer.

Simply login to your WordPress admin panel and start editing your site in a local environment.

Logging into a local WordPress website

Enabling Pretty Permalinks in WAMP

The new version of WordPress doesn’t break your local site by changing the permalinks setting.

However, if you still see the ‘page not found’ error on your pages after changing the permalinks from Settings » Permalinks in WordPress, then simply follow our guide on how to enable custom permalinks in WAMP.

Bonus: Migrating WordPress from Local to Live

We’ve also written a separate guide on how to move WordPress from local server to a live site. Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful when you are ready to deploy your local site to production.

Having a local server environment is great for learning and testing purposes. However, if you want to start a WordPress blog for other people to see, then you do not need to install WordPress on your computer. You need to install WordPress on a WordPress hosting provider.

We hope this article helped you learn how to install WordPress on a Windows computer. You may also want to see our guide on WordPress SEO and how to start an online store.

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  2. adriana says

    OMG i made it through. lol. thank you for your time writing this, it helped me through the panic stage lol

  3. Kenneth Ekeh says

    Help please! I have followed the article and installed wamp, created the wp database but culd not be able to run complete configuration of wp. Its telling me “can’t select database”. Try Again. Please help me to fix this. Thanks.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      During the installation when it asks for your database details, please make sure that you are entering the same name for the database which you used when creating database in phpmyadmin. For username, use root and leave password blank.


    • Tom says

      Upon opening mysql workbench, choose your connection, then write the code without quotes “create database nameofyourdatabase;” this will be the name of your database and what you will use in the wordpress setup when it asks for the name of your 1)database(use nameofyourdatabase) 2)username 3)password 4)database host(im using “localhost”)

      Hope this helps.

  4. Tammi L. Coles says

    Just a quick note of thanks for this very simple-to-follow tutorial. It worked like a charm (including the Apache rewrite for permalinks follow-up).

  5. ogunmakinwa dayohanks. says

    Your tutorials as been good for me so far, but please which stable wordpress can i download? can i download the latest version? i am just thinking that some plugins might not be available for the latest version.. so for now which version do you recommend for me? thanks

  6. Mohamed Ishag says

    Hi there,

    Would you please answer the question posted on 12/11/13 I still need help
    as I am unable to run the WAMP Server on Windos 8. Please read question posted on 12/11/13.
    Thank you in advance.


  7. Orestes says

    I was able to install WP, but I’d like to know how to manage different web logs within my local server. Thank you for the instructions and tutorials here.

  8. GinoDC says

    After entering details for Site Title, Username, Password and Email I press Install WordPress and my computer hangs. Please help.

  9. Mohamed Ishag says


    I have installed WAMP on Windows 8 but I am having a problem creating a data base due to the following error (You don’t have permission to access /phpmyadmin/ on this server). I have edited the htpd.conf file as follows

    Open file httpd.conf through wamp tray icon

    # onlineoffline tag – don’t remove
    Order Deny,Allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from

    Change to:
    # onlineoffline tag – don’t remove
    Order Deny,Allow
    Allow from all

    Then saved but still get the same error, why!? Norton 360 is installed on the PC
    and no other conflicting apps. I need some help to fix this issue. Any ideas? Thank you in advance.

    Best Regards,

  10. Mohamed Ishag says

    Dear Syed and the team,

    Thank you very much for this site. I am new to WordPress and found your tutorials and explanation very good and straight forward. I feel that you are a busy man but still have time to dedicate this site to new WP beginners. God bless your parents.


  11. adam says


    I have installed everything and am finally at my wordpress dashboard on my localhost machine. everytime i click on visit my site to view what I have changed the page simple directs to the WAMP server configuration screen that shows apache version, php version, loaded extensions, etc… It seems that something simple needs to be changed but I dont know…Can anyone please help? Thanks in advance…

  12. Matthew says

    Thank you, than you, thank you. I am a technophobe and your clear instructions helped me all the way.

  13. Arthur says

    After installing WAMP in accordance with your instructions, I could not open phpmyadmin; explorer kept waiting for localhost. I’m not a pc techie so I desperately need instructions how to proceed furter in the same easy way as your manual above. I have a 64 bit W7 machine, and installed the 64 bit version of WAMP first, but since that did not work as described , I installed the 32 bit, but with the same result. Thanks for your help in advance ! (No Skype, port 80 OK, as far as I can see)

      • Arthur says

        Thanks a lot: I followed your recommended thread and I removed a double line in the Host file (‘ Localhost’) that seemed too much and now I can get to a log-in page of phpMyAdmin, which is great, but I have not yet even entered an ID and password during initial installation of WAMP. Did I miss something ?
        Thanks for your patience again…

  14. Trudy Ritsema says

    Can I run more than 1 test site on WAMP? and any ideas of how I would go about this please?

    I already I have localhost site running – and I don’t want to get rid of that yet as I am still developing it…

    Thanks in advance.

  15. viki says

    i can’t create new database, bcause it is showing ” * No Privileges” in red colour letters. please help me

  16. SanketP says

    Hi. I am a new-bee to this world of eb designing. Wanted Joomla but that didnot go thru too well. WP instal was as good for me. Thank you. XOXOXO.

  17. Everett says

    Hello. I want to be able to develop my wordpress site locally and not have to be connected to the web when I make changes and do save or update inside wordpress. Before I go through all the installation of WAMP and WP locally, can anyone tell me if I will have to have internet access to make updates to a wordpress running locally in WAMP? Sure I realize if I wanted a new Theme or Plugin, I would have to be online, but if I am just making adjustments to text and adding pictures that are already on my laptop, etc. will I have to have internet access to do so? I ask because I do a lot of travel where I am on an airplane and could be working on a new version of a website if I don’t have to be online. Also, I can’t afford a wireless account for my laptop, so I only have internet when I am at home with my own wifi or when I am somewhere that has a free wifi. Thanks.

  18. Ian says

    I followed the instructions to the letter, installed WAMP and the required SP1 Visual C++ on a brand new laptop running Windows 8 64bit. The installation refuses to launch, brings up a screen asking if I’m sure I want to let this programme make changes to the computer, then does nothing when ‘Yes’ is clicked. What is going wrong?

      • Brynn says

        Please help. I installed WAMP but when I went to open phphMyAdmin, nothing happens. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling, but still getting the same problem. I’m not even getting any sort of popup block notification in my browser. Just nothing.

        I wonder if this might have something to do with the WARNING window that popped up on the WAMP website before I downloaded it… It said something in French, and then something about needing to install C++ which I know nothing about, and which was not mentioned in this tutorial.

        Do I need to install C++ and if so, do I need to learn how to use the programming language before I can finish this tutorial on installing WordPress? I am a designer, not a programmer, so I hope to god I don’t need to stop everything and go learn C++ before I can do a simple WordPress install.

        • WPBeginner Support says

          Brynn you can always check whether or not Microsoft Visual C++ is installed on your computer from Control Panel -> Programs and Features. Do you see wampserver page when you visit http://localhost? If you do, then you have already successfully installed WAMP.

  19. guru says

    I install wordpress to my localhost. But i dont know to use it to develop a site. I’m new to wordpress. Please anyone help me.

  20. Scott Cho says

    Got WAMP installed, but when I try to create a new databse by clicking on the phpMyAdmin button in WAMP the chrome browser window that opens up says:

    You don’t have permission to access /phpmyadmin/ on this server.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction as to what this is and how to fix it? I don’t know if this makes a difference but I have it installed on my secondary hard drive, not my C drive (the c drive just has my operating system).

  21. Asad Riaz says

    Here is how you edit the htpd.conf file

    Open file httpd.conf through wamp tray icon

    # onlineoffline tag – don’t remove
    Order Deny,Allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from

    Change to:
    # onlineoffline tag – don’t remove
    Order Deny,Allow
    Allow from all

    Plus resolution to some other conflicts

    Make sure no other program conflict wamp such as Xampp, phpEasy, IIS, Skype, Zonealarm, firewall/antivirus, NOD32, Eset, any web and/or Remote Desktop related program, such as Teamviewer …

    IIS and Apache/Wamp are both web server and might conflict in some way, so you have to disable IIS in order for Wamp to work

    Disable IIS in Vista/W7:

    Control Panel, Uninstall Programs, Turn Widows Features On or Off, uncheck Internet Information Services

    Disable IIS in XP:

    Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components, uncheck Internet Information Services (IIS)

    Restart computer, then restart Wamp

    Also, in folder C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc, open file hosts and delete anything in this file and have only this line below and nothing else localhost

    If using Skype, go to Tools->Options->Advanced->Connection and uncheck the box “Use 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections”. Restart Skype after WAMP. Now you will be able to use both programs at the same time w/o problems.

    I hope it helps, found it on net

  22. Asad Riaz says


    Well i have managed to install it using the article. Some info was missing in this article like

    1. Once you click on phpMyAdmin, it asks for login details, so here they are:
    username: root
    pass: (leave it blank)
    2. WAMP sometimes gets offline and it wont open the phpMyAdmin page, so you guys need to edit the htpd.conf file in C:wamp/bin/apache4.2/conf/htpd

    Lets see now how much it helps me.

    I m here for all the support that i can extend. :)

    Thanks to the author of this page.

  23. Colin Teasdale says


    Problem solved – I had needed to install the Visual C# redistributable, and did that after installing Winamp. Uninstalled Winamp, rebooted and then re-installed – everything fine. That’ll be user error then ! ! !

    Colin T.

    • Scott Cho says

      I’m getting the same error you just described below, where is this redistributable you speak of?

  24. Colin Teasdale says

    Hi guys,

    I’ve just downloaded and installed WAMP and have got to the “set up a database” stage. When I select ‘phpMyAdmin’ I get a ‘Firefox Problem Loading Page’ page with “Unable to connect – Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at localhost”.

    I’ve tried the fix suggested by Imran on June 17th, but this doesn’t seem to have fixed resolved the problem.

    Any thoughts on how I fix this, please??

  25. Peter says

    Hi Editorial Staff,
    Do you have a tutorial that is the reverse process also using WAMP? I have a functioning website that I would like to duplicate on my home computer for experimenting and learning css, and php programming without risking my functional website.

  26. Denzil says

    Hi, a very useful article, thanks. Is it easy to migrate a test WP site on WAMP to a hosted site elsewhere? Do you have a tutorial article to help?

  27. akash says

    After clicking on phpmyadmin,,,,,,,
    i am getting redirected to directly php my admin webpage and not the database entry option which is shown above.
    thereafter the details are not matching afterwards in database,username and password.please give me its solution as soon as psbl.

    • Amitoj Gautam says

      User Name: Root
      Password: None (Leave this space empty)
      Click on the Go button. You will be directed to the page you are looking for.

  28. Dana says

    Hi! Once I’ve created a site on my WAMP server, could I then transfer it to an existing domain name? I’m trying to create a new site without shutting down the old one. Once the new one is finished, I would want to replace the old one, but use the same domain name. Thank you!

  29. chris martin says

    Hi, I am having trouble with links not working. Could you help me or give me some direction on how to fix that? On my site “” click menu, then “blog” and i get “not found”. This also happens with links as well.

    Also, do you have a tutorial on how to host multiple domains from this as well, or point me in the right direction.? I have looked up several things about virtual domain, localhost, and everytime I find something they want me to edit httpd conf, but what they have doesnt match mine.

    Thank you so much!!!!

  30. Tamsin says


    Great article, very clearly explained.

    Would you be able to tell me the best way to add a second WordPress site to Wamp? I have read a lot of conflicting information and would rather not make a massive mess of things!

  31. Tom Smith says


    Thank you for providing this excellent tutorial! It’s going to be great to get use to using WP onn my PC before I install it on my host server and create my website.

    I followed your instructions and installed WAMP and then WordPress and got all the screens you showed here… and with the tweaking you suggested, I was finally able to open WP – saw the Dashboard, etc. Then I closed it.

    But now I can’t seem to open WP. I open WAMP and click on Localhost – and it just sits “waiting for response from localhost” – does not open anything. I’ve tried http://localhost/my database name – it will not open – I get “HTTP 500 Internal Server Error”. Just in case, I also followed your instructions on SKYPE and unchecked that Port 80 box.

    What am I missing?

  32. Imran says

    When i try to Setting Up a Database for WordPress, it was saying like this : Forbidden
    You don’t have permission to access /phpmyadmin/ on this server. what is the reason ? can you please guide me. thank you in advance….

      • Imran says

        Finally i got the solution…

        I think it will be useful for others.

        for phpmyadmin

        Goto c : wamp/alias/phpmyadmin.conf file, open with notepad.


        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
        AllowOverride all
        Order Deny,Allow
        Deny from all
        Allow from

        replace with

        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
        AllowOverride all
        Order Deny,Allow
        Allow from all

        thats it…

        • Melanie says

          I had this same problem with the phpmyadmin and I found and made the changes cited here to the alias file, then restarted WAMP and I was able to create my database. However, now I’m getting the same Forbidden message when I try to install WordPress on my localhost, exact text below:

          You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

          I can get to the WP install screen from, but not localhost. I’m running Windows 8. Any ideas on how to get this to install? Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give me.

  33. Akshay says


    I wanted to use this method to test out plugins before installing then on my live site. So in your tutorial, instead of copying in clean WordPress files, I copied in a full backup of my site made using BackupBuddy.

    However from this point on I’m not sure what to modify in order for my site to function correctly offline. I edited my wp-config file to the new database details, and imported my database from my online phpmyadmin to the WAMP one. However it seems like there’s something I’m missing, as when I try to access localhost/site/wp-admin I am redirected to my online login page.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks very much for your help.


  34. Christophe R. says

    Another (lazy) point for XAMPP : I know there are some differences in the config files, but I use both linux (at home) and Windows (Seven and 8) at work, so I appreciate having the same interface for I only have to learn once.

  35. Andre says

    Great article and easy instructions for those who want to venture into WAMPP….however, for myself, I still prefer XAMPP and do run it on it’s own on a second drive without the installable version. Updating is a breeze, although I rarely need to.

    I’ve used XAMPP for many years now for both WordPress and Joomla theme development, as well for a testing server. Never had issues and I do find it quite easy to use. I used to use the full version but I found that the Lite version works extremely well.

    I noticed someone said AMPPS, but I’ve never tried that…perhaps in my spare time I will try it out.

    • Nicholas says

      Its click and install that’s how easy it is and just open to localhost/ampps i use it for all my scripts that this includes as downloads and install on the service. no worries on xamp and wamp that i found to limited in some ways.

  36. Thomas says

    Hi everyone,

    I’m a very beginner with WordPress and I have created a site with it and WAMP on my computer.

    Now I want to put it online, but I don’t know how to do it.
    Where does a tutorial exist for that?
    The thing is that I want to replace the current site, which is hosted somewhere else, and so keeping the domain name.

    Does anyone know where I can find this kind of information?

    Thanks a lot!

  37. Nicholas says

    WAMP in the older days was great! Now there is a far more better and less embarrassing way when it comes to configuring things with WAMP. WAMP is in the past and gone for me. I use AMPPS far more better no configurations, just install and a few dips of changes in the options section that’s it. Open your browser go to your localhost and install any cms or other scripting lang within your browser using ampps. You’ll be amazed! No more downloading then extracting in www folder and then reconfiguring. WordPress is just a click and install on ampps. No hassle! Shouldn’t you guys write something about AMPPS? This is a lot more better than WAMP! WAMP lags a lot of things like cgi and stuff those are extras, but on ampps everything is included. Ever since ampps I never looked back to wamp! Sorry!

    • Editorial Staff says

      Have been using WAMP for so long that didn’t even bother with another option. AMPPS sure looks good. Good to see that it is made by the folks from Softaculous. Will have to give it a try.

      Thanks for the suggestion Nicholas.


  38. Parth S. says

    Hi, Thank you very much for this. It’s very informative and easy to follow. However I’d suggest you mention the skype thing a lil early around the localhost point, because, there ppl start to worry when they see a blank screen with skype on in their PC. :)

    Great post though. Keep it up.

  39. Christophe R. says

    I actually do prefer XAMPP and DTX-Control for I can overcome security policy : Installation without administration rights (zip file pour the web server) and full access to blocked ports (80, 443, 3306).

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